Former Campbellsville men’s basketball player Erik Kinney signed his first professional contract to play for Plasencia Ambroz in Spain.

Kinney played one season for the Tigers after playing at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels. During his season in a Campbellsville uniform, he was named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.

Plasencia Ambroz is a team within the Liga Española de Baloncesto Silver, which is the second-tier league within the LEB. This upcoming season, Plasencia Ambroz returns to the LEB Silver. In 2016, Plasencia won the EBA Group D regular season championship.

While at Campbellsville, Kinney averaged a double-double leading the team with 10.6 rebounds a game and finished second on the team with 11.8 points per game during the 2016-17 season.

The native of Fairfield, California finished third in the NAIA in rebounds per game, while his 7.1 defensive rebounds per game ranked fifth and 3.5 offensive rebounds a game was sixth-best in the country.

Kinney earned Honorable Mention All-American accolades last season and was selected to the All Mid-South Conference First Team.

“Our coaching staff here at Campbellsville is very proud of Eric for getting to live out his dream of becoming a professional basketball player,” said Tiger men’s basketball head coach Brent Vernon. “It is something he set his sights on for a long time and with a lot of hard work he has been able to achieve it.

“I truly believe this is the first of many steps in his professional career and we cannot wait to see what he does moving forward.”

Last season, Campbellsville went 15-15 overall and finished seventh in the MSC with a record of 4-10 in conference action.

By David Gerhart, assistant sports information director

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