After all-star college career, Hale signs pro contract in Germany

August 5, 2018

DaJonee Hale basketball

DaJonee Hale

Looking to get back to the league finals, Germany’s Brose Bamberg signed gamechanger DaJonee Hale of Anchorage.

The 5-foot-8 playmaker from Central Methodist University is coming off a historic senior season in which she was named NAIA National Player of the Year, led the nation in scoring at 28.8 points per game and spearheaded the team’s elite eight run in the national tournament.

Hale heads to Germany’s second division, where Bamberg has won two championships in four trips to the league finals since 2011.

Last year, though, the team missed the playoffs and finished ninth.

Look for the three-time All-American to make an immediate impact in Germany, where the season begins at the end of September.

Hale, of Houston High fame, ranked top 10 nationally in several categories, including first with 806 points, second in free-throw percentage [.874], fifth in 3-pointers made per game [3] and eighth in 3-point field goals [84] in 28 games.

“As good as Nene has been in several years, to me there was a definite step up this season,” Central Methodist head coach Mike Davis said. “I think she took great ownership in each and every game and in practice, her level of play has been at a different level then it has been.”