Darby Signs Pro Contract, Will Soon Head to Uruguay
Aug. 22, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Recent Pepperdine men's basketball alum Taylor Darby has signed his first professional contract and will soon be headed to Uruguay.
Darby leaves in a few days for Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, where he'll play for Bohemios. The team is in Uruguay's top division, the Liga Uruguaya de Basketball, and it reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 LUB Playoffs. The regular season runs September through January.
Since graduating from Pepperdine in the spring, Darby has kept himself in shape and has been getting ready for his opportunity to begin his pro career.
"I've been getting ready my whole life to make basketball my career, so right now it's kind of surreal," Darby said. "I'm very excited. I hope to play professionally a long time. Right now I'm young and ready to go. I've been waiting all summer for this. My agent talked to teams throughout the summer, and this team happened to be the best fit."
After finishing up at Pepperdine, Darby went back to his hometown of San Marcos, Calif., and kept in shape with daily basketball workouts and weight-lifting sessions.
"I've tried to stay in as close to game-shape as possible," Darby said. "I've been in a routine every day, keeping my cardio up and my fundamentals right."
Darby grew into one of the Waves' top players as a 2011-12 senior, averaging a team-high 12.3 points after posting a career average of just 6.7 points after his first three seasons. In the West Coast Conference this past year, he ranked 10th in rebounding (6.0), 11th in blocked shots (0.8) and 12th in scoring. It was the third time in four seasons that he rated among the conference's top 10 rebounders.
Darby appeared in all 125 games in his career, tying for second place on Pepperdine's all-time list. He became the eighth Wave to record 100 career starts, and finished seventh on Pepperdine's list with 111 starts. Unfortunately, with 997 career points, he wound up just three points shy of becoming the 37th Wave to score 1,000 points.
Also a standout in the classroom, Darby was a 2011-12 Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete, a 2011-12 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District first teamer, a two-time NABC Honors Court selection, a two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar and a three-time WCC All-Academic first teamer.
"I'm excited for him," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "We wish Taylor nothing but the best. I think he'll do very well because of so many things: he works hard, he's got discipline, he won't cause problems. There's still so much to his game that's going to improve with time. If he gets to the right place, he could play overseas for 10 to 15 years."