Former UW-Parkside men’s basketball standout Chip Flanigan drives to the basket last season. Flanigan signed a professional contract with the Surrey Scorchers of the British Basketball League.

Former UW-Parkside men’s basketball standout Chip Flanigan has signed a contract to play overseas with the Surrey Scorchers, the school announced in a news release Monday.

The Scorchers are an English professional team based in Surrey, United Kingdom, that competes in the British Basketball League.

Flanigan had a stellar career for the Rangers, capped off by him being named the 2019 Male Athlete of the Year at the Ranger Awards.

“Chip had an outstanding senior year this past season, and it served as a springboard to a professional career,” Parkside coach Luke Reigel said in the release. “His versatility will make him very valuable at the next level.

“I’m so happy for Chip on so many levels, but mostly because he stuck through the tough times and came out better on the other side. Chip’s ability to play the game is special, but his character and dynamic personality (are) what the Scorchers players and coaches will love.”

Flanigan, a do-everything forward who often guarded the other team’s top offensive weapon, averaged 13.7 points, 5.6 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 0.8 blocks per game during the 2018-19 season. He was named first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and was selected to the All-GLIAC Defensive first team.

Against Lake Super State on Jan. 17, Flanigan scored 32 points on a perfect 13-of-13 shooting from the field and added four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in one of the best single-game performances in program history.

“I’m really excited to join the Scorchers,” Flanigan said. “They believe I can be a big part of their team this season, and I know I can. They have a great and supportive fan base and seem to be a well-established club.

“Parkside was a major piece of the player I am today. The coaches believed in me from day one and really helped me develop my game. My teammates were always supportive of me, and we pushed each other every day to improve ourselves.

“I can’t thank the men’s basketball program and the athletic department enough for all that they did for me during my time at Parkside.”

The Scorchers open their season Dec. 6 on the road against the Rochester Wolves.

For more information on the Scorchers, visit surreyscorchers.co.uk.

Mike Johnson