Chan Signs Pro Contract to Play in Spain
Courtesy: Peggy Brisbane/CMU
MOUNT PLEASANT -- Angel Chan’s career has come a long way in just a year. Now, the former Central Michigan standout will get to continue that career after signing a professional contract with the Arxil Ponteverdra in the LF2 League in Pontevedra, Spain.

As a junior, Chan started 19 of 29 games and averaged 11.4 points on a 6-23 team. The following summer, she dedicated herself to basketball and the result has been a whirlwind of opportunities.

As a senior, she started all 32 games, averaging 14.3 points and connected on a program-record 92 threes. She finished with 171 career triples, the second-most in school history, and earned honorable mention All-Mid-American Conference honors. More importantly, she helped the program complete the third-biggest turnaround in MAC history, guiding the Chippewas to an 18-14 record as co-captain. The turnaround included the program’s first postseason win since 1992.

Chan also become just the 18th player in program history to break the 1,000-point barrier.

The payoff continued into the offseason when Chan was invited to the State Farm National Three-Point Championships during the Final Four, and now the former Chippewa will try her hand at the professional ranks.

Chan will leave for Spain in late August, with practices starting on Sept. 1.

“I'm very excited for the chance to keep playing basketball,” Chan said. “There will definitely be some challenges though. I'm a big family person so the distance will be tough, but I have a lot of support.
“I'll need to brush up on my Spanish, but other than that I'm very excited. I'll meet a lot of new people and have a lot of new experiences. It’s very exciting.”

As for the family, they won’t be too far behind. Fans of CMU basketball know that Angel’s mom, Anne, rarely missed a game during the Wyoming, Mich. native’s four-year career.

“She’s already started making plans for the first trip,” Chan joked.

Head coach Sue Guevara was as proud as a parent when she heard the news that Chan had been signed.

“I could not be happier for Angel. She really worked her tail off to put herself in this position and to help our basketball program grow,” Guevara said. “All the work that she's been putting in over the past year has really paid off. Good things happen to good people who work their tail off."