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BOULDER - Former University of Colorado men's basketball student-athlete Dwight Thorne II has signed a professional contract to play with BG Karlsruhe in Germany this upcoming season.

"I'm very excited about my opportunity to play basketball in Germany," Thorne said.  "This is one step in the direction of helping reach my ultimate goal of playing in the NBA. Most of the contracts internationally are on a year-by-year basis, especially for rookies. As I continue to play professionally the years of the agreement could possibly lengthen."

The Arlington, Texas native graduated in May with a bachelor of science degree in business management with an emphasis in marketing.

Thorne (6'3, 185) was a four-year letterwinner from 2006-2010 scoring 750 career points and ranking No. 49 on the all-time scoring list. He played in 117 career games (t-9th) with 48 starts and played 2,468 minutes, ranking No. 17 in school history.

Thorne's best season came during his junior year when he started every game (31) and was second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg.), steals (35), field goals made (128), and free throws made (70). He led the team with 45 three-pointers. Thorne scored 22 double-digits games (11 conference), netted 20 or more three times and scored a career-best 30 against Kansas State on Jan. 24, 2009.

BG Karlsruhe is based in Karlsruhe located in southwestern Germany located near the French-German border. BG Karlsruhe plays in the second basketball Bundesliga-Pro A league. From 2003-04 until 2006-07, BG Karlsruhe played in the first German basketball league (called BBL). The team was founded in 1993.

Training camp starts August 15 with the season beginning play in mid-September.

Thorne's Career Statistics
Finished four-year career in 49th place on the school's all-time scoring list (750 points) • Played 117 games (t-9th); logged 2,468 minutes (17th); grabbed 234 rebounds; handed-out 160 assists (33rd); made 97 three-pointers; 80 steals (24th overall); 247-for-571 from the field (.433); 159-for-196 from the free throw line (81.1 percent).