Pfeiffer Basketball Alumnus Kyle Riddley Inks Professional Contract in Estonia
Misenheimer, N.C. (Aug. 2, 2019) – Pfeiffer University alumnus and former men's basketball player Kyle Riddley has signed a professional contract with Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev (TLU/Kalev) of the OlyBet Korvpalli Meistrilliga (KML) and the Baltic Basketball League.
Riddley enjoyed a tremendous senior season for the Falcons, finishing the season as the USA South scoring leader, averaging 28.4 ppg, which also landed him a spot on the USA South All-Conference First-Team.
He posted seven double-doubles during his senior campaign and was ranked second in made field goals (210) and first in free throws made (176). He also completed the season with a 45.3% three-point percentage, which was good for sixth in the USA South.
All told, Riddley scored 654 points for the Black and Yellow. In addition to his scoring prowess, he dished 47 assists and averaged 7.2 rebounds per game.
He earned USA South player of the week honors twice and was also named the ECAC Division III South Player of the Month for January.
Additionally, he was named a first-team All-State selection by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA).
Tallinn, a city of over 400,000 people is the capital of Estonia, which gained independence from the former USSR in 1991.
Last season, TLU/Kalev advanced to the finals of the KML League, falling to Kalev/Cramo 3-0 in the league finals.
"I'm extremely blessed to receive this opportunity," said Riddley. "I seriously thought about giving up playing basketball a few years ago following an injury. But through rehab, hard work and determination as well as encouragement from my family, coaches and teammates, I've realized that the dream that I've had since I was young has come to fruition."
Riddley will report to his new team on Aug. 20 to begin preparations for the season, which runs from September to May.
Riddley joins Piedmont's Justin Vallejo as the only two USA South players to sign with professional teams since 2018.