Buford Signs Professional Basketball Contract to Play in Poland

Go Gophers! Kiara Buford is set to play for Matizol Lider Pruszkow beginning in September.
Go Gophers!
Kiara Buford is set to play for Matizol Lider Pruszkow beginning in September.
Go Gophers!

July 10, 2012

Just over three months after the conclusion of her collegiate career, former Minnesota standout Kiara Buford signed a professional contract to play basketball for Matizol Lider Pruszkow in Poland. Buford will travel to Poland in mid-August, where she will be joined on the club by former Texas A&M standout Tyra White.

"I am very excited about this opportunity," Buford said. "Being so far away, I am a little nervous, but more excited than anything. I am just ready for something new, and this is definitely going to be something new for me in many different ways."

A three-time All-Big Ten honoree, Buford finished her career by becoming only the seventh player in program-history to record 1,500 career points, ranking seventh all-time at Minnesota with 1,532. The guard also ranks in the program's top-10 in 10 additional career categories, including fifth in three-point field goals (129) and free throw percentage (.756).

In her final campaign with the Gophers, Buford averaged 13.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, and posted a shooting percentage of .441, which included a .403 three-point field goal percentage. She also led the team with 115 assists and 70 steals.

Matizol Lider Pruszkow finished sixth in the Polish League last season with a 14-12 record, and is set to open the 2012-13 season on Sept. 29.

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