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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Beidler signs on in Finland

Former Mountaineer Kelly Beidler's professional career will continue in Finland next year when he joins Karhu Kauhajoki for play in the Finnish Korisliga.

Beidler tweeted last week that he had sent his contract back to his agent - and later tweeted that his mother was saving her money to come watch him play in Finland. Upon further examination, Beidler confirmed to The Fan Blog that he had signed with Karhu.

Beidler spent his rookie pro season in Iceland, so he'll stay within the Scandanavian countries. But it sounds like the move is a step up for him. Beidler had a huge year with IR finishing in the top 5 in three statistical categories while also finishing sixth in steals. He averaged 21.7 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2 blocks a game to earn all-star honors. IR finished sixth in the league at 10-12.

Karhu finished seventh in the Korisliga with a 22-22 record and was bounced in the first round of the playoffs. Kauhajoki is a town of 14,284 and is located in the Western province of Finland.

We will try to track Beidler's progress as well as other Mountaineers in the pros as the season continues. Mychal Kearse recently signed to play with CSU Sibiu in Romania, Jeremy Goode and Will Holland both had successful debut seasons in Portugal, Markus Mitchell has found a home in Puerto Rico, while last year's seniors are looking at their options. Expect Shawn Atupem and Jean Cajou to find a home somewhere.

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