Brynton Lemar signs with SLUC Nancy Basket

July 13, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - Brynton Lemar will continue his basketball career with SLUC Nancy Basket after signing a contract with the France-based league. The San Diego native’s inaugural game as a pro is slated for August 25 when the Cougars open their seven-game preseason schedule.

Last season, SLUC Nancy competed in the Ligue Nationale de Basket’s top tier, a professional environment that also featured former Aggie standout Mark Payne (Champagne Châlons-Reims Basket).

Lemar capped an outstanding career at UC Davis as the leading scorer for a team that won 23 games and earned the program’s first trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament. By scoring 581 points as a senior — the second-highest single-season total in the program’s Division I era — the All-Big West first team recipient became the 22nd player in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point milestone.

Known and respected for defensive skill set and ability to hit clutch shots, the All-Big West first team selection helped the Aggies record their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory over North Carolina Central in a First Four matchup. Lemar averaged 16 points throughout the Aggies’ run at the Big Dance.

UC Davis earned its first NCAA postseason opportunity thanks to Lemar’s 20 points in the Big West Tournament championship win over UC Irvine, with a majority of those points recorded during the final minutes of the game. Of the team’s final 13 points, Lemar scored 11, including the last eight straight to fuel the Aggies’ come-from-behind rally over the Anteaters.

In addition to lifting his team to victory, that effort also helped Lemar secure a spot on the Big West’s All-Tournament Team.

In his final season as an Aggie, Lemar led all league players in total points (581), free throws made (143), and finished third in points per game (16.1) and field goals made (179). The 2016-17 Colby E. “Babe” Slater Award recipient — bestowed to UC Davis’ male student-athlete of the year — posted team-high figures in points per game, total points, three-point percentage (.385), three-point field goals (80) and free throws made.

For his outstanding on-court achievements, Lemar also received the school’s Male Individual Performance of the Year award.