Men's Basketball

Clayton Custer Heads to Poland to Play Professionally

Nick Schultz | The PhoenixLoyola redshirt senior guard Clayton Custer cuts down the net after Loyola clinched a share for the MVC title.

Former Loyola men’s basketball player Clayton Custer has officially gone professional. 

Custer, 24, signed a contract with Polish professional team WKS Śląsk Wrocław, the team announced on Twitter Monday morning. No contract details were immediately available. 

The tweet loosely translated reads: We have a new guest in the city. Listen to what this year’s winner of the NCAA three-point competition has to say to you.

They announced the their new addition with a video of Custer giving a message to the fans of the team.

Although the official announcement was made today, Custer’s professional career was teased by another former Rambler, Ben Richardson, who posted an Instagram story while the pair were at a Cubs game. 

The post read: “Pretty good setting for @claytoncuster3 to sign his first pro deal.” Richardson then panned the camera to Custer celebrating with people sitting around him.

Richardson played for a Polish team — MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza — but the two won’t play each other this season. 

WKS Śląsk Wrocław is in the second tier, I Liga, of a four-tiered system referred to as the “Polish basketball league system,” while MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza is in the first, or the Polska Liga Koszykówki (PLK).

Custer’s new team was the runner-up of the I Liga last season and just missed the chance to be promoted to the top tier league. Śląsk Wrocław has the most Polish men’s basketball championship titles with 17.

Custer, originally from Overland Park Kansas, was the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year and a crucial member to the Ramblers’ run to the NCAA Tournament Final Four. In 2019, he helped the team to back-to-back MVC regular season championships and even won the State Farm Men’s Three-Point Competition that was held between the semi-finals and finals of March Madness. 

Neither Custer nor WKS Śląsk Wrocław were immediately available for comment. 

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