Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Former Central Michigan star Chris Fowler has signed with the Baunach Young Pikes in Germany.
The team plays in Pro A, the second division of professional basketball in Germany. He signed in late July and was scheduled to leave for Germany today, Saturday.
“I’m just looking to play well and keep improving and keep moving up the (professional) ladder,” said Fowler, who earned his bachelor of arts degree from CMU in 2016.
A 6-foot-1 guard, Fowler earned myriad individual awards and honors at CMU as he led the program’s resurgence under coach Keno Davis.
Fowler, a four-year Chippewa captain, finished runner-up in Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year voting in 2012-13 and then earned First Team All-MAC honors after both his junior and senior seasons. He was runner-up in league Player of the Year voting and a finalist for the Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award in 2014-15, when he led the Chippewas to their first regular-season MAC title since 2002-03.
Fowler played over the summer in Australia, where he led the Rockhampton Rockets with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds per game. Last winter, Fowler’s first season as a professional, he played with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.
In joining Baunach, Fowler will have an opportunity to train in September with reigning German champion Bamberg, with which Baunach is affiliated. Bamberg is a member of Euroleague, which is generally considered the second-best professional basketball league in the world behind the NBA.
“They’re going to let me get that exposure and experience (with Baunach),” said Fowler, who is sixth in Chippewa program history with 1,736 points, first with 686 assists, and third with 185 steals.
“I’ve become a better shooter, a better long-range spot up 3-point shooter. The biggest thing for me is the game has slowed down. Now the moves I’m making seem a little sharper. When you play against pros every day you can’t help but get better.”