Fieler signs pro contract

PARKERSBURG – Former Parkersburg South first team all-stater Chase Fieler, known as the mayor of Dunk City at Florida Gulf Coast University, has signed his first professional basketball contract to play with Spain’s Ourense Termal, which competes in the Liga Espanola de Balconcesto gold division.

“Very excited to be continuing my basketball career in Ourense, Spain. Thankful for this opportunity they have given me!,” Fieler posted on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon.

Although Fieler soon will be heading back to Fort Myers, Fla., in preparation for his trip across the Atlantic Ocean to begin his dream of playing as a pro, his mother Jenny wanted to invite the public to a celebration of his college graduation and the onset of his new career on Saturday.

“People can come out and say adios. We just wanted to give the community and his friends a chance to come out and celebrate his accomplishments,” said his mom, who noted the festivities for the open house will be from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday at The Old Corral, which is located off Camden Avenue at 120 Point Drive.

Fieler and his FGCU teammates were the darlings of the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament when the program reached the Sweet 16, becoming the first No. 15 seed to ever accomplish the feat. During his collegiate career, Fieler was a two-time Atlantic Sun all-tournament pick and finished his career with 98 dunks, which included 83 during his final two seasons.

Along with being FGCU’s third career all-time leading scorer with 1,306 points, Fieler holds school records for blocks (134), made field goals (487), rebounds (714), games (134) and games started (117).