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Boston College Eagle To Play With Manchester

October 23, 2008 - Premier Basketball League (PBL)
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October 24, 2008 Manchester, NH): John Oates, a member of the 2007-2008 Boston College Eagles, has agreed to play for the Manchester Millrats of the Premier Basketball League.

The 6'10 255 lb forward-center started 14 games last season for the ACC Eagles, averaging 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He is an unusually effective three point shooter for a player with his size, nailing 42% of his attempts from beyond the arc last season.

His collegiate career was highlighted by the magical 2004-2005 season, in which the Eagles jumped out to a 20-0 start. Oates' teammates included current NBA players Jared Dudley (Charlotte Bobcats), Sean Williams (New Jersey Nets), and Craig Smith (Minnesota Timberwolves).

" look forward to the experience that John has in front of him with the Millrats. It certainly appears that have built a quality, family-oriented environment that's dedicated to everything that's right about the game of basketball," expressed John Oates' father Steve.

Millrats Head Coach Rob Spon is looking forward to utilizing Oates' unique talents on the court. "John is great player to have because he can hold his own inside defensively, but then we can really run the 'pick and pop' to perfection on the offensive end. He gives us that additional scoring option."

Manchester is looking to build on its inaugural 28-win season, as the second year franchise enters its first year in the Premier Basketball League. The Millrats have already announced the signing of 6'7 Desmond Ferguson, 5'10 Al Stewart, 6'6 P.J. Young, 6'8 Scott Hazelton, and 6'4 Alex Owumi.

For additional information please contact Millrats GM Ian McCarthy at or feel free to visit or

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