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Taylor Gleason continues professional basketball career

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It was announced on Twitter through Oakland women’s basketball Head Coach Jeff Tungate that Taylor Gleason had signed with a German professional basketball team, weeks after signing with an agent.

Tungate tweeted, “A couple weeks ago [Gleason] signed with an agent. Today she signs with a team. Congratulations Taylor and enjoy Germany.”

“I’m playing for Eintracht Braunschweig, and I’ll start playing in August,” Gleason said. “I signed with my agent back in April. She’s from Germany, and has been doing this for a while so I put a lot of trust in her. Eintracht was one of the first teams to really show interest and I really liked what they had to say.”

Weeks later, the Flint Monarchs professional team announced Gleason would also be a member of their professional team this summer. The Monarchs’ official Twitter account tweeted, “Taylor Gleason is a Monarch and is ready for the 2018 GWBA season.”

The Flint Monarchs are a women’s professional basketball team of the Global Women’s Basketball Association (GWBA). The team joined the GWBA back in 2016, and won the championship in their first season. In 2017, the Monarchs repeated as champions.

The Monarchs’ profile of Gleason reads, “Taylor is a fundamentally sound player who is versatile and has a very high basketball IQ. She has strong work ethic, can knock down shots, plays with the composure of a veteran and is a quiet storm on the court. She is going to hurt a lot of teams in this league due to her subtlety and we’re glad that she is now a Monarch.”

“Playing professional ball is a dream come true for me,” Gleason said. “I am extremely humbled by it.”

Gleason played three years at Oakland University after spending her first two years of college at the University of Illinois.

According to GoldenGrizzlies.com, “Gleason, a 5-foot-8 guard from Goodrich, Mich., was runner-up for Miss Basketball in 2013 and the No. 2 ranked player in the state coming out of high school.”

In the 2017-18 season for the Golden Grizzlies, Gleason started in 31 of 31 games, and was the only player on the team with over 1,000 total minutes played, which was sixth in Horizon League Play. She was one of the top three point shooters on the team, shooting 36.6 percent from three, and one of the top free throw shooters on the team, with a 78.7 percent free throw shooting percentage.

Averaging 4.6 assists per game and recording an assist to turnover ratio of 2.0, Gleason was one of the best guards at playmaking in the Horizon League, ranking second in both statistics. She showed she was a good two-way player as well making her mark on the defensive end, ranking fourth in the Horizon League in steals per game with 2.3.

Gleason recorded the most assists on the team (144), and was the only Golden Grizzly to score, assist and rebound in triple figures last season. Over the course of her career at Oakland she progressed offensively, averaging 10.4 points per game her first year, then averaging 11.7 points per game in her next two seasons.

“The Oakland community and fans have been amazing to me,” Gleason said. “I’m thankful that Coach Tungate saw potential in me to build the Oakland Women’s Basketball program, and allowed me to come back home and play in front of my friends and family.”

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