Former FGCU Men's Basketball Star Crislip Signs Pro Contract
Thursday, August 18, 2005

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Former Florida Gulf Coast University men's basketball standout Bryan Crislip has signed a professional contract and will play for the Den Helder Club based in Cape Holland, The Netherlands for the 2005-06 season.

Crislip, a 6-foot-3 point guard, signed with Den Helder after completing a mission trip this summer with a basketball team from the United States that included numerous professional players. Crislip was selected as the Most Valuable Player after scoring 22 points in the team’s 85-52 win over the El Salvador National Team. Den Helder is one of 11 teams in Holland’s Eredivisie, which was founded in 1947. The league champion competes in the annual European Cup championships.

A four-year captain for head coach Dave Balza at FGCU, Crislip led the Eagles to 69 wins in three seasons and guided the Eagles to an NCAA tournament berth in their first year of post-season eligibility. He finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in steals, assists, rebounds and free throw shooting percentage, and is the No. 2 all-time scorer at FGCU.

A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Crislip was selected as the Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year at FGCU in 2004-05 and graduated in May with a degree in business management.

Crislip becomes the third member of the 2004-05 men’s basketball team to sign a professional contract. Kevin Martin will play in the British Basketball League while Kelvin Coggins will play in Ireland.