Brian Qvale heading to Turkey to play professionally

Montana center Brian Qvale, right, shoots in front of Idaho State guard Broderick Gilchrest(2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Missoula, Mont. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Albans)

Brian Qvale has turned down the nibbles he received from NBA scouts and agreed to a solid offer to play professional basketball in Turkey.

The 6-foot-11 center from Williston who became the all-time leading shot blocker at the University of Montana told The Missoulian newspaper that he will play for Aliaga Petkim in Aliaga, Turkey, starting in August.

The former North Dakota Mr. Basketball is training in Las Vegas until mid-July when he will prepare to leave for Tukey.

Qvale said he has learned that the pending NBA lockout has left scouts weary of putting too much time into small-school players such as himself.

He told the Missoulian: “That’s why I’m taking this as an opportunity to make some money and to get some experience at the pro level. Then I can come back next year or try to move up to a team over there.”

Watch a clip from the KPAX telecast by clicking the link here. They conducted a short phone interview with Qvale.

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