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The Rat That Got AwayA Bronx Memoir$
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Allen Jones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231027

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.001.0001

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Passage to Europe

Passage to Europe

(p.153) 26 Passage to Europe
The Rat That Got Away


Mark Naison

Fordham University Press

During the wait to get on the plane, Allen Jones's mind drifted back to the sports banquet at Roanoke College just three days before. The coach announced to everyone present that he would be signing a contract to play pro basketball in Europe. He also announced that he had made small college all-American. However, his sense of accomplishment was tempered by humility. He also knew, as he prepared to begin a new career in Europe, that he would have to make some big changes in the way he presented himself to the people he was going to meet. He was going into an environment very different from the Lester Patterson Houses, his small college campus, or the insular world of big-time basketball. The flight took over seven hours, and when they landed in Luxembourg, they visited Liège, a college city in Belgium that had many universities, where he would play against the Belgian national team.

Keywords:   Allen Jones, Roanoke College, basketball, Europe, Lester Patterson Houses, Luxembourg, Liège, Belgium, Belgian national team

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