Orion Outerbridge signs with Aris. What will FIBA say?

Orion Outerbridge (205 cm, Rhode Island’12) has signed with Greek team Aris Thessaloniki. It will be the first professional contract of Orion Outerbridge who last season played with Rhode Island in the NCAA and averaged 12.6 ppg and 6.8 rpg. The FIBA has banned Aris from signing import players after the team lost a FIBA arbitration case and according to the FIBA website, the ban is still in place http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/expe/fat/p/openNodeIDs/19681/selNodeID/19681/sanctions.html However, since Orion Outerbridge comes from college there is no letter of clearance necessary so FIBA can’t block this. It will be interesting to see if Aris manages to work around the FIBA ban, but this is highly unlikely. Red Star Belgrade from Serbia tried something similar in the past with a player straight out of college but it didn’t work out. In any case, it seems like Orion Outerbridge will have a turbulent start of his professional career.Orion Outerbridge


  1. Jayman on September 18, 2012 at 11:45

    Following the recruiting policy of Aris this summer, it’s clear why they only wnet after rookies 🙂 This escape route should be blocked by FIBA as well otherwise their system doesn’t work at the end of the day…

  2. SRN on September 18, 2012 at 11:22

    These Greeks… Tiresome.

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