Former player signs pro contract


Former UNG men’s basketball player Shaquan Cantrell has signed a contract to play basketball professionally with the Nördlingen Giants in Germany.

“Signing professionally is one of those moments where you dream about it, you put the time into the game and work on your craft and it finally pays off,” Cantrell, a native of Gainesville, Georgia, said. “It still has not hit me, it’s definitely a blessing. I am just glad that I got an opportunity.”

This past season, Cantrell became UNG’s NCAA-era leading scorer, finishing his Nighthawks career with 1,477 points, averaging 13.6 per game. He was named to the Peach Belt’s All-Conference team twice in his career, including a third-team nod in 2017-18.

Cantrell graduated from UNG with a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in psychology prior to the season opener for Nördlingen in August.