Sept. 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Recent Loyola University Maryland graduate Erik Etherly signed his first professional contract this week, inking a deal to play in the Israeli Basketball Super League for Hapoel Gilboa Galil Elyon.
A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team forward, Etherly will begin play this season for Hapoel Galil Elyon in the top basketball league in Israel. Last year, the team won the Balkan International Basketball League, and it captured its first Israeli Championship in 2009-2010.
Located in northern Israel, the team plays its home games in Gan Ner.
Etherly transferred to Loyola after playing his freshman season at Northeastern University in 2008-2009, and he made an immediate impact as a starter during the 2010-2011 season. He averaged at least 10.8 points per game in his three seasons with the Greyhounds, raising his scoring totals each season.
He posted 10.8 points per game as a sophomore before scoring 13.7 as a junior in 2011-2012 as Loyola won the MAAC Championship and reached the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1994. He then capped his collegiate career by averaging 15.7 points per game as a senior in 2012-2013.
Etherly finished with 1,245 career points in just three seasons at Loyola, and he was also an excellent rebounder, pulling down 669 during his time as a Greyhound. He stands 20th all-time at Loyola in points, 10th in rebounds. His rebounding totals are the most by any Loyola player who was a Greyhound for only three seasons. He also finished his Loyola career third in blocked shots (121) and ninth in steals (121).
The native of Alexandria, Va., where he graduated from Annandale High School, Etherly earned All-MAAC First Team honors in each of his final two seasons, and he was also the first Loyola player to receive All-District I honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) twice in his career.
He graduated in December 2012 from Loyola with a bachelor of arts in communications, and following the completion of his collegiate career, he played in the pre-NBA draft Portsmouth Invitational, participated in a workout with the Washington Wizards and was a member of the Maryland team in The-BALL league in Washington, D.C.