Tyson Ward, who starred at Tampa Prep and North Dakota State, has signed a contract to begin his professional career in Germany.
Ward will play for s.Oliver Würzburg in the Basketball Bundesliga League (BBL), Germany’s top division.
Though Ward signed to play overseas, he remains hopeful of being drafted. In fact, the one-deal gives Ward the option of returning stateside if he is selected by an NBA team in October.
Ward finished his North Dakota State career as the only player in school history with more than 1,500 points, 700 rebounds and 250 assists.
This past season, Ward averaged 19.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while leading the Bison to its second straight Summit League title. In February, he scored a career-high 29 points on senior night, a game attended by most of his family members.
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Ward followed that up by being named to the Summit League all-tournament team after scoring 23 points and grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds in a championship game win over North Dakota.
Part of the reason Ward signed with Würzburg was to play in the BBL, which already has plenty of NBA talent. Jordan Crawford, Archie Goodwin, Greg Monroe, and NBA lottery prospect Killian Hayes all played in the league this past year.