UCF men’s basketball player joins Ukrainian professional league

Courtesy UCF Athletics Communications

Another former member of UCF men’s basketball program is taking his talents beyond the collegiate level. Guard/forward Tanksley Efianayi recently signed for BIPA Odesa, a professional team based in Ukraine that participates in the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague.

The SuperLeague is the first-tier level of professional basketball in Ukraine, containing 11 teams in the 2016-2017 season. With an overall record of 15-16 last season, BIPA landed in the middle of the pack in fifth place in the final team rankings.

In the league’s 25-year history, BIPA Odesa has won four championships, their last being in 2002.

BIPA gains plenty of depth in the paint with their addition of the 6-foot-6-inch, 210 pound former Knight. Playing in 34 out of 36 games his senior season at UCF, Tank averaged 8.2 points per game and 278 total on the year.

Starting in 23 games last season, Tank was a consistent force for the Black and Gold, and was a difference maker in the Knights’ historic postseason run in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).



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