Former Williamston star Coffield to play for the BSW Sixers
Published 9:31 pm Thursday, August 30, 2007
By By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
Elton Coffield is taking his sweet jump shot overseas.
The former Williamston High School and Mount Olive College star recently signed a professional contract to play for the BSW Sixers in Germany.
When Coffield was lighting up the scoreboard during his days with the Tigers, he always dreamed of playing professional basketball. Of course, he never thought his career would start in Germany.
After a solid career at Williamston, Coffield took his game to the college level. His game only got better with each passing season.
Coffield, a three-time All-Conference first team selection, finished his career as the second leading scorer in Trojans’ history. He scored 1,768 points in his college career.
More important than the points, and more important than being voted the Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 NCAA II Men’s Basketball East Regional, where he led the Trojans with 29 points in the championship game, was the number of wins he helped the Trojans achieve.
Coffield is hoping for more success with the BSW Sixers, who play in a league with nine divisions. The Sixers, who open the season Sept. 22, compete in the fourth division. Coffield will join 11 players on the team, including one other player from the U.S.
Coffield has been working out on his own while preparing for his professional debut.
This won’t be Coffield’s first trip overseas. He played in Australia last summer.
Despite being thousands of miles away from home, Coffield isn’t worried about the separation.
Of course, Coffield will have to get adjusted to a new way of life in Germany.
On the court, Coffield has no worries.
The regular season of 22 games lasts from Sept. 22 to March 15. Teams play just one game a week.
Coffield is hoping to make an immediate impact with the Sixers.
Coffield is hoping that this will be the next step in his basketball journey.
As a kid, Coffield shot baskets until his mother called him inside. He continued to shoot and shoot while growing up, falling deeper and deeper in love with basketball. Now, Coffield will get paid to play the game he loves.