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Hardings sign to play pro ball in Germany

By Daily Herald - | Aug 10, 2022

Utah Valley men’s basketball standout guard Connor Harding has signed a professional contract to play with WWU Baskets Münster in the BARMER ProA Bundesliga in Münster, Germany.

His wife, former BYU standout Paisley Harding, will also be playing in Germany for the GiroLive-Panthers Osnabrück in the Toyota 1st Women’s Basketball Bundesliga.

“Connor is a very versatile player with a high level of game intelligence,” said WWU Baskets head coach Björn Harmsen. “He’s a good ball handler with a very good overview, which I believe can quickly be integrated into our style of play.”

Connor Harding, who played his first three seasons for BYU, participated in 29 games for the Wolverines last season, helping Utah Valley to its first 20-win season in three years. He ranked third on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game, while also averaging 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He shot a 43 percent clip from the field and a 37.1 percent mark from long range.

The newly signed pro scored in double figures in 19 games. He scored a career-high 18 at Pepperdine (Nov. 17), knocking down a game-tying three with 1.2 seconds to go in regulation to send the game into overtime. He then hit another triple in overtime to secure the Wolverines an 86-74 road win. He also matched his career high with 18 points on the road in a 101-87 road win at Chicago State (Jan. 27). Harding had a career-high nine rebounds in a 69-56 road win at Tarleton.

“Last year Utah Valley relied on me, and I had a good season,” said Connor Harding in a WWU Baskets press release. “UVU helped me a lot to be a good player again. I just need to take that momentum with me, and I want to keep improving my game.”

Connor Harding also helped lead Utah Valley to one of its biggest wins in school history, scoring 10 points with three assists in a 72-65 overtime win over crosstown rival and 12th-ranked BYU. It marked UVU’s first-ever win over a nationally ranked opponent.

Paisley Harding started all 30 games for BYU last season, averaging 17.1 points per game. She scored 1,938 points in her career and averaged 13.3 points per contest.

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