Courtesy of SaintPetersPeacocks.com
JERSEY CITY, NJ – Former Saint Peter’s men’s basketball standout and 2017 graduate, Quadir Welton, has signed a professional basketball contract to continue his playing career internationally. Welton signed with Košarkaški klub Dynamic (KK Dynamic) basketball club in Belgrade, Serbia. KK Dynamic competes in the Basketball League of Serbia, the highest professional men’s basketball league in Serbia.
“It feels great to sign my first professional contract,” said Welton. “It shows that all my hard work over these past four years’ paid off and now I’m excited and happy to say I’m a professional basketball player. I’m also excited for the new chapter of my career, the new grind, and I can’t wait to see where I finish when it’s all over.”
Welton closed out his final season as a Peacock leading the team in scoring, total rebounds, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, blocks, and double-doubles. He averaged 12.0 points per game which ranked 25th in the MAAC, 8.3 rebounds per outing which was fourth in the conference, 1.0 blocks a contest which placed him 10th in the league, and posted nine total double-doubles which was tied for third most in the MAAC this season. The Philadelphia native scored a career-high 27 points against Boston on November 28 and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds against Furman on March 29. Welton was named to the All-MAAC First team in 2017 and helped the team to a second place regular season finish in the MAAC. In addition to his MAAC accolades this season, Welton also earned the CollegeInsider.com (CIT) MVP and All-Tournament team honors after leading the Peacocks to their first ever CIT Championship and he was selected to the All-Met Second team.
For his career, Welton recorded 1,191 points, 884 rebounds, and 136 blocked shots. He graduated, ranking third all-time in career rebounds and career blocks.
Welton on his time at Saint Peter’s, “my experience playing at Saint Peter’s helped me in life and my professional career by allowing me to gain this opportunity to play professional basketball. My coaches and my teammates always pushed me to get better and we always strived to be the best we could be; which I thank them for. They also taught me the right way to act on and off the court and they gave me the mindset of being a blue collar worker, which I think will help me for the rest of my life even when I am done playing basketball.”
Welton leaves for Belgrade, Serbia on August 25th.