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Three Flames alumni sign pro basketball contracts to play in Europe, Mexico

Flames Men’s Basketball graduates Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz (’20), Keenan Gumbs (’19), and Scottie James (’20) recently signed professional contracts to continue their careers in Mexico, Sweden, and Germany, respectively.

Three recent Liberty University men’s basketball graduates have signed professional contracts outside of the United States within the last month.

Point guard Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz (’20) launched his professional career this week for Panteras Aguascalientes in Mexico’s Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP). He was selected No. 1 overall in the Puerto Rico National Draft and graduated as Liberty’s all-time-winningest player with 102 wins over his four-year playing career.

In August, Scottie James (’20) inked his first professional contract with the Jobstairs Gieseen (Germany) 46ers, who play in the Basketball Bundesliga, Germany’s top league. James was named to the ASUN All-Decade Team this summer. The 6-8 forward was a 2019 and 2020 ASUN Conference First-Team selection and 2019 ASUN Championships Tournament MVP.

After a successful first season when he averaged over 12 points per game playing for the Kapfenberg (Austria) Bulls in the FIBA Europe Cup, forward Keenan Gumbs (’19) signed his second professional contract this week, joining the Nässjö Basket in Sweden.

Other Flames awaiting contracts include Caleb Homesley (’20), a potential NBA draft selection; Lovell Cabbil (’19), who played for the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants in the NBA G-League over the summer; and Myo Baxter-Bell (’20).

Flames Basketball is scheduled to open its 2020-21 season with a “United As One” exhibition game to stand against racism, Oct. 24 at former Big South Conference rival Winthrop.