Pops Mensah-Bonsu to sign with Turkish team

Pops Mensah-Bonsu, colonials invasion
Former men's basketball forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu laughs as he is announced as one of the judges for this year's Colonials Invasion dunk contest. File photo

Former Colonials standout forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu is set to sign a deal with Turkey’s Besiktas professional basketball team, MVP Magazine reports.

Besiktas currently leads the Turkish League, and is qualified for the second phase of Eurochallenge.

Mensah-Bonsu most recently competed for French club Asvel, but has been sidelined due to injury for the past six months. MVP Magazine reports that the forward has been in discussions with numerous teams recently, “both in the NBA and in Europe.”

The former Colonial was signed by the Dallas Mavericks in 2006 and spent time in the NBA Development League and the NBA, competing for Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors. He’s also spent time playing for different European teams, including Great Britian’s national team, Caja Laboral Baskonia, CSKA Moscow and Benetton Treviso.

Mensah-Bonsu, who returned to Foggy Bottom for this year’s Colonials Invasion, was a fan-favorite at GW. Known for his skill at blocking shots and slamming back dunks, he averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in his final season for the Colonials. GW went 26-2 overall that season and did not lose an Atlantic 10 game before falling  in the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament to top seeded Duke.

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