Antoine Young figures Greg McDermott did a double take when the Creighton coach looked at his phone recently and saw his former player calling at 7 in the morning.
“He knows I never call that early,’’ Young said, chuckling. “He probably thought I was in a dumpster somewhere.’’
Young quickly assured McDermott that he was fine, but needed some career advice. Young had received an early morning call himself seeking an answer to where he wanted to play professional basketball this season.
“It came down to Paris, Holland or Geneva, but they wanted an answer in like 30 minutes,’’ Young said. “I got coach’s insights and decided on Geneva. He told me Geneva is one of the most beautiful cities he’s ever seen. I’m kind of taking his word on that.’’
Young, who had never been out of the United States until Creighton’s trip to the Bahamas last summer, leaves for Switzerland at the end of the month. He’ll play for the Geneve Lions, who finished second last season in the Swiss A League.
The league will begin play this season around the first of October.
“As a rookie point guard, they want me to come in and get used to playing with some of the guys,’’ Young said. “They have a different feel for the game, and they want me to get used to that.’’
Creighton’s starting point guard the past three seasons, Young had worked out for some NBA teams prior to the June draft. He had kept his hopes up that something might pan out in this country, but it did not materialize.
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“I did get some calls from the D-League, but that’s not something I was really interested in,’’ Young said. “I figure I’ll go overseas for a year and get some experience, then try to get on with a summer league team next summer.’’
Players generally are paid more playing overseas than in the NBA’s developmental league. Young admitted that figured into his decision.
“I saw the cha-ching, and I figured I’d head over there,’’ he said. “I think it’s going to be a good experience for me. I’m looking forward to it.’’
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