A former Little Rock Trojans basketball player is headed to the NBA's equivalent of the minor leagues. Josh Hagins rose to some acclaim during last year's NCAA Tournament. The guard hit a last minute, deep range three-pointer to send the Trojans to overtime against Purdue. The team went on to pull off its first March Madness win in decades.
Hagins was acquired by the Boston Celtic's NBA's Developmental League team the Maine Red Claws. It's a successful step up for the former Trojan. He started his pro career last year, after graduating from UA Little Rock, in the NBA's Summer League and most recently played in eastern Europe for the Bosnia Royal. The team plays in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. A number of NBA players have come out of eastern European leagues in the last couple decades.
An article on the Little Rock Trojans website lists Hagins vaulted place in the school's basketball program.
"Hagins ranks in Little Rock's top five for career scoring, assists, steals, field goals, and made 3-pointers. He was a First Team All-Sun Belt and NABC All-District selection in 2015-16 after averaging 13.1 points, 4.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game."
Five-time NBA Champion Derek Fisher is arguably the best player to come out of the University's basketball program. Fisher graduated in 1996 and went on to play and coach for 20 years in the NBA. He's now a television sports commentator.