Dayton’s Oliver signs with first division team in Belgium

“Wow. All those days of practice, running, lifting, extra shots, tough losses and incredible wins,” Oliver wrote. “The daily grind and dedication to the game. The late nights in the gym. The countless hours you spend dreaming of a moment like this. Everything was for this. I am officially a professional basketball player.

“I can’t thank all those who have supported me throughout my entire life and this whole process enough. All of my family, all the supportive people in Kalamazoo, the incredible fans at Dayton, my wonderful girlfriend, my core group of friends, my coaches over the years, and most importantly God.

“I am blessed to say I can earn a living by doing what I love. I will be playing basketball this upcoming year in the 1st Division in Belgium for Limburg United. This is just the first step in my journey as I continue to do what I’ve always done, grind. Show people who haven’t given me a chance that they made a mistake! Gotta keep pushing and become better every year. #DreamChasing”

Oliver, UD’s second leading scorer as a senior in 2013-14, previously signed as an undrafted free agent with the Boston Celtics in June and averaged 4.5 minutes per game in four games with their team in the NBA Summer League in Orlando.

Two of Dayton’s three departing seniors have now signed to play in Europe. Matt Kavanaugh will play in the second division in Germany with the Noma-Iserlohn Kangaroos. Vee Sanford is also looking at his options, Dayton coach Archie Miller said earlier this month.