Former Panther standout Patrick Dugger has signed to play professional basketball in El Salvador for the El Rapido de la Union club.
Dugger has been there for the past 10 days and played in two games. He is currently averaging 20.6 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.3 blocks per game.
"I know if it was not for God and the support of my family, LaGrange College coaches, and closest friends I would not be here," said Dugger. "I'm glad I stuck it out at LaGrange College and finished my degree to further prepare myself for this journey.
"I always think about my struggles in my Spanish courses at LaGrange College, sitting at that desk in front of Mrs. Campbell, not even knowing all that I learned would come in the clutch to help me now."
Dugger helped lead the Panthers to the 2013-14 USA South Tournament Championship as a senior. He averaged 14.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game for the Panthers during his career. Dugger was a two-time USA South All-Conference selection. He led the conference as a senior with 63 blocks, and is second on the school's career list with 104.
"We are extremely excited for Patrick. When we talked about his future, graduating from college was the most important thing. Now that he has accomplished that, opportunities will arise for him that he never dreamed of… this being one of them," Coach Kendal Wallace said. "Patrick has worked hard to be blessed with this opportunity. I am sure he will make the most of it, and hopefully learn more about the world through playing basketball professionally in another country."