<strong>LOGAN—</strong>Former Utah State basketball player Morgan Grim will be following the path of many recent former teammates, as he has signed with a team in Iceland to play basketball at a professional level. He reports for duty on Sept. 1, and will be joining the team <a href=”http://www.eurobasket.com/team.asp?Cntry=ISL&Team=5292″ target=”_blank”>Fjolnir Reykjavik</a>.
“It’s really cool. I’m just blessed and really grateful to be still playing the game I love and not having to go to the real world yet – I’m just kind of riding it as long as I can,” Grim said. “I love it a lot, and I’m just really excited to keep playing.”
Grim said shortly after the season ended, he began to hear from agents through a variety of methods, including email and Facebook. Eventually he hooked up with an agent based in Germany, and things began to unfold from there. After looking around at different options and offers, Grim said Iceland seemed like the best fit.
Fjolnir competes in the Iceland Premier League, and finished the 2011-12 season with an 8-14 record overall. Grim will join former St. Bonaventure guard Chris Mathews as the only other American on the Fjolnir roster. Mathews played five games in the NBA D-League this past season, averaging 4.2 points in 13.8 minutes of action in those games.
During his senior year at USU, Grim averaged 9.1 points and a team-best 6.1 rebounds per game as he started all 37 games for the Aggies. He averaged nearly 28 minutes a game as well, despite battling an ankle injury for the majority of the season. Having had surgery after the season, he’s hoping it won’t cause him any further problems.
“I had my ankle scoped, so they cleaned it out a bunch. I’ve got like a little bit of arthritis in there, but I think the surgery helped a lot,” Grim said. “I’m just getting back into it right now. I just took some time off to let it heal all the way, and I’ve just been getting back into shape and getting ready to play.”
Along with getting back into playing shape, Grim said he has also talked to former teammates Tai Wesley and <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/story/catching-up-with-former-usu-basketball-player-tyler-newbold-20120618″ target=”_blank”>Tyler Newbold</a> – both of which have played overseas – in an effort to be better prepared for his time in Iceland.
“I’ve talked to Tyler and Tai a bunch,” he said. “Tai was just telling me to make sure I get a situation where I can play a lot at the first so that you can get a good resume, so that the second year you can sign with a good team.”
Grim joins Wesley, Newbold, Gary Wilkinson, Pooh Williams, Spencer Nelson, Nate Harris, and Jaycee Carroll as recent USU graduates who have gone on to play professional level basketball after graduating from Utah State.
Tune into 610 KVNU Monday evening, June 25, shortly after 6:00 p.m. to catch a live interview with Grim on Full Court Press.