Allison combines pro basketball, education overseas

Mike Allison (Photo: Marine Black Bears)

Mike Allison (Photo: Marine Black Bears)

Hamilton native Mike Allison has signed a one-year contract with the Durham Wildcats of the British Basketball League.

Allison will also be provided the unique opportunity to earn a Masters of Science in Medical Education at Durham University while playing for the Wildcats.

Allison, a 6’9’’ power forward, is coming off of his final season at the University of Maine, where he was twice named to the American East Conference All-Defensive Team. In 2012-13, he averaged 6.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and a conference leading 1.7 blocks per game, while shooting 50.0% from the field. Allison also led the AEC in blocks in his junior season, averaging 2.2 per game.

In 2012, Allison won College Sports Madness All-AEC Third Team honours, and in 2013 he was named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-AEC Second Team.

Allison, who attended St. Mary secondary school, played his high school basketball at the National Elite Development Academy, a college preparatory program run by Canada Basketball. During and after his time at NEDA, he played for both the Under-18 and Under-19 Canadian National Teams, winning bronze at the 2008 Under-18 FIBA Americas Championship.

A dedicated student, Allison has also been awarded a scholarship by Durham University to attain a Masters Degree to be completed by the spring of 2014. He will be studying medical education, building the necessary foundation to become a doctor or chiropractor at the conclusion of his playing career.

“I am really excited to go to Durham this season,” said Allison. “This is an exceptional opportunity for me to continue school and build for my future while playing my first year of professional basketball.”

Durham is hoping Mike can help them move up the BBL table after going 10-23 last season.

“We are delighted to add Mike to our Durham squad,” said Quentin Sloper, chairman and owner of the Durham Wildcats. “We are confident that we are getting a player that is going to add another dimension to the team – he is a great signing for us.”