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Ex-Wolf Pack basketball star D.J. Fenner signs with team based in Africa

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D.J. Fenner celebrates Nevada's 2017 Mountain West championship. (David Becker/Getty Images)

Former Nevada basketball standout D.J. Fenner with continue his career with a Spanish team based on the continent of Africa.

The wing player who was a key member of the Wolf Pack from 2013-17 most recently played with Immortal Basket Club in Portugal after a stop in Serbia. Fenner will play for Melilla Sport Capital in the city of Melilla, which is a Spanish autonomous city located on the northwest coast of Africa. It shares a border with Morocco and is directly south of Spain, separated by the Alboran Sea.

Melilla Sport Capital plays in Liga Española de Baloncesto, which is in the second division of the Spanish basketball league system. There are 18 teams in the league with Melilla being the only team to play every season in the league since it was founded in 1996. Melilla finished runner-up in 2015-16.

"I am happy to be able to play (with) a team like Melilla Sport Capital," Fenner said in a Google-translated message on the club's website. "It has always been a goal for me to be able to play in Spain, and I am grateful to be able to do so at Melilla Sport Capital this season. I think this is the beginning of a fun and successful season.

"I am a scorer with the ability to play in multiple positions as well as how to defend on the entire outside line."

In Portugal last season, Fenner averaged 20.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He made 44.9 percent of his shots, including 39.4 percent from three. Fenner said he wants to continue to improve his all-around game.

“Individually, I want to improve in rebounding, assists and steals," Fenner said. "I know I can score, as I showed last season. This season, I want to show a more complete game, not only as a scorer, but as a player who can contribute other things."

Fenner said one of the things that drew him to the club was the team's coach, Arturo Álvarez.

"I think that both of us have quickly understood each other regarding the objectives that each of us want for this season," Fenner said. "He can help me improve and I can do the same to achieve success. Without a doubt, Arturo made my decision to sign for the team much easier. I am prepared to assume the role that the coach tells me. He is the first leader."

During his Nevada career, Fenner averaged 10 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He scored a career-best 13.7 points per game in his junior and senior seasons, hitting 45.1 percent of his shots and 43.5 percent of his threes as a senior when he was named second-team All-Mountain West by the coaches and third-team All-MW by the media.

Fenner scored a career-high 37 points during a home win over UNLV in his senior season. He made 12-of-15 shots, including 5-of-6 from three. It's the most points a Wolf Pack player has ever scored against the rival Rebels. Fenner helped Nevada win the MW regular-season and tournament titles in 2017 while getting the Wolf Pack to its first NCAA Tournament since 2007.

The Seattle native ranks in the top 15 in program history with 1,345 career points. He joins former teammate Jordan Caroline overseas as Caroline recently signed with an Italian team.

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