PHILADELPHIA – Former Philadelphia University guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) is heading to England after signing a professional contract to play for the Surrey Scorchers of the British Basketball League Friday afternoon.
In his four years with the Rams, Schlitzer poured in 1,707 career points—a career-high 566 as a senior—to place 12th in school history. Schlitzer, a career 39.7 percent 3-pointer shooter, knocked down 242 3-pointers, which is third on the school's all-time list.
"I'm excited to start my career overseas and I couldn't be more prepared after playing for Coach [Herb] Magee and Philadelphia University for the past four years," stated Schlitzer.
He was a part of three NCAA Tournament teams (2012, 2014, 2015) and won back-to-back Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championships in 2014 and 2015.
"Nick is one of the finest shooters that I have ever coached and is a tremendous team player," said Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Herb Magee. "He was a great player for us and his accomplishments speak for themselves."
Schlitzer put together a tremendous senior season that resulted in him earning All-CACC first team recognition. He led the CACC in free throw percentage (88.2) and ranked third in made field goals (204), fourth in made 3-pointers (68), and fifth in scoring (17.7 points per game). Schlitzer led Division II, and was second across all three divisions, in minutes per game, averaging 40.0.
During the 2015 CACC Tournament, Schiltzer averaged 19.0 points, including a career-high 36 points in an 84-82 overtime win over the University of the Sciences in the semifinal round, and shot 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from three to earn the tournament's MVP award.
As a junior, Schlitzer was an All-CACC second team pick after averaging 15.3 ppg and hitting 43.1 percent of his 3-point attempts to place ninth and second in the conference, respectively. He drained a career-high 72 3-pointers during the 2013-14 season.
To learn more about Schlitzer's new squad, please visit http://www.surreyscorchers.co.uk/ and follow the Scorchers on Twitter at @surreyscorchers.