Graduated WWU men's basketball player Taylor Stafford was featured in a summer edition of The Western Front talking about signing his first professional contract to play overseas in Iceland.
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Former Western men’s basketball star Taylor Stafford will be taking his talents to Egilsstaðir, Iceland, to play basketball for Höttur, a team in the Icelandic Professional League this year.
Stafford graduated from Western in the spring of 2017 after playing one season with the team, where he averaged 22.8 points per game en route to a team record of 25-6.
Stafford will transition to another team coming off a hot season, as Höttur finished with a record of 21-3 in the Icelandic Professional League.
Though he has been a part of many wins, the hypercompetitive point guard acknowledged nothing comes easily.
“You always have to do extra to get ahead,” Stafford said. “After practice, I go and shoot every time because that puts me ahead of everybody. I would always do the little things to make me better and to make my team better.”
While Iceland is on Stafford’s horizon, his decision to go international was not made lightly.
“In my family, I’m really the first to do a lot of things. Nobody in my family has signed with an agent, or is about to be a professional basketball player or got a degree. I did that on my own,” Stafford said. “Ultimately, I’m going to make my own decision. You’re either going to ride with me, or you’re not. Whatever decision I make, they’re riding behind me.”
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