Former Sea Warrior Fran Urli making dreams of playing professional basketball a reality
HONOLULU - Former Hawai'i Pacific forward Fran Urli is making his dreams of playing professional basketball a reality.
Despite only spending one season in the blue and green, Urli was offered a contract by Eco Orebro in Sweden.
Urli was a solid contributor to the Sea Warriors all season last year, leading the team in points per game with 11.3, free throw attempts with 140 (not to mention he drained 79 percent), offensive rebounds, and was among the leaders in almost every other offensive category.
Goseawarriors.com caught up with Urli and asked him what it meant for him to finally be realizing his dream of playing professionally, he responded "It's a dream come true. I am humbled for the opportunity that I have and I will try to make the most out of it."
Urli still holds his short time in Hawai'i close to his heart.
"Hawai'i has the perfect conditions, whether it's practicing outside or just going to the beach. I still have one year of master's to complete and I will strive for the goal of coming back some time in the future."
Although Sea Warrior fans certainly wish Urli the very best in his basketball endeavors, the idea that he would like to come back to HPU to finish his degree later is refreshing.
The former All-PacWest Honorable Mention is still getting acquainted with his new home in Sweden, but says he is fond of the history and architecture of Orebro.
Urli also has words of wisdom for current Sea Warriors who have big dreams of their own, encouraging them to "work hard and stay humble, because you never know when the doors will open for you."
Urli started his first pro game on Oct. 5 and scored eight points.