Lauri Toivonen Signs with D1 Texas Pan-American - Article, 2012-2013 Ohlone College Renegades Men's Basketball

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ohlone College Freshman Lauri Toivonen signed with D1 University of Texas, Pan American.  The 6’7”, 220 pound 4 man was a first team all conference selection at Ohlone as a Freshman, after averaging  10 points and 6 rebounds per contest.  He shot 52% from the field, 75% from the FT line and averaged over 30 minutes a night.  Toivonen came to Ohlone from Riihimaki, Finland.  He played for KOUVOT KOUVOLA prior to attending Ohlone, as well as competing on both the Under 20 National team at the 2011 European Championships and World University Games in China last August.  He will have 3 years of eligibility left and will be majoring in civil engineering.  In addition to his excellent play on the floor, he had a GPA of 3.89.

“By far one of the 3 toughest players I have coached in my 20 years on the college level, and easily has the highest basketball IQ. I am really pleased that he was able to turn his 1 year investment at Ohlone into a great 3 year deal at UTPA.  Their style of play (Triangle offense) suits him perfectly as it is the national team offense in Finland.  I’m certain he will have great success on and off the court”

Lauri is the 6th Renegade to move on this year, and the 82nd in the last 12 years. Others from this season include Mihk McKinney (Sac State – D1), Oivind Lundestad (Point Loma Nazarene – D2), Geoff Hartman (Notre Dame de Namur – D2), Terrance Swayne (Holy Names – D2) and Nick Clarke (U. of New Brunswick, Canada).

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