Jeff Pollard knew he was unlikely to play basketball after college in the NBA, but the Washington State forward still hoped to pursue a career in pro basketball .
“I want to try to,” Pollard said in February, prior to his final two home games at Beasley Coliseum. “I don’t want to have that question mark of, ‘Oh, what if I would’ve done that, what if I would’ve tried that?’”
The ex-Cougar forward and fan favorite will have an opportunity to earn money playing basketball after signing with Argentinian team Club Atlético Peñarol, which competes in Argentina’s top professional basketball league, Liga Nacional de Básquet.
Christos Harpidis of Bet Corner News was the first to report on Pollard’s deal with the Argentine club.
The Bountiful, Utah, native signed with the Cougars under former coach Ernie Kent and finished his career in Pullman despite mulling transfer options after Kyle Smith replaced Kent at the helm of the WSU program.
Pollard, affectionately nicknamed the “Mayor of Pullman” by Smith, had his most impactful season at WSU as a senior, helping the Cougars register 16 wins – their most during his time with the program – including a win in the Pac-12 Tournament for the first time in a decade.
Playing through a hand injury that kept him out of WSU’s final two regular season games, Pollard scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in an 82-68 win over Colorado in what wound up being the final game of his college career.
As a senior, Pollard averaged career-high scoring and rebounding numbers, totaling 8.7 points per game and 4.1 rebounds.
The 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward also added a 3-point shot to his arsenal, canning 14 3’s as a senior after attempting that many his first three seasons with the Cougars.
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