ALBANY - The IBL's Albany Legends announced Tuesday that former area standout 6'4" guard E.J. Gallup will be joining the team for the 2011 campaign.
Gallup is a Gloversville and Coastal Carolina graduate who had taken his talents overseas for a number of teams, and is choosing to return home to the Legends.
While a member of the 2005 and 2006 Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association, Gallup and Legends' newly signed head coach Ben Smith (then assistant) formed a professional relationship that fostered the move back to an area team this spring.
E.J.?Gallup, right, dribbles past Harley?Fuller during a workout session at the Fulton?County?YMCA?in?Johnstown in?December. Gallup recently signed with the Albany?Legends of the International?Basketball League. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
Gallup made a name for himself in the Capital Region through his consistent scoring and aggressive play in Gloversville and his unchanged role at the University at Albany, where he scored a team-high 17.4 ppg in his freshman year, and followed it up with nine games at an 18.4 ppg clip. Gallup left Albany in 2002, and continued his playing career at Coastal Carolina, scoring 17.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg in his senior year.
Gallup has been signed by Smith to work in the shooting guard role, but is also adept at bringing the ball up the floor if needed.
"E.J. possesses the ability to play in the point guard role, but if we can keep him off the ball, I believe he is much more dangerous to opposing defenses." coach Smith said in a news release. "He is someone you absolutely have to keep track of [defensively], or he can go off in the scoring column - especially as a mid-to-deep threat."
Along with his professional time with the Patroons through late November 2006, Gallup has traveled as both a businessman and a professional player. He spent portions of various off-seasons rebuilding homes that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina with his father. He bought and owned a bar and restaurant in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Gallup has also in that time played for teams in France, Holland (DAA) and Germany (Ulm), and prior to his time in Albany, was in camps for Italian League LegaBasket. He has been in camp for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats (2004) and has also recently spent some workout time with the New York Knicks (August 2010).
Gallup's professional career currently spans six years and he has won several awards during that time: 3-point shootout champion (Ulm, 2008), 3-pointers made season-leader (Ulm, 2008), Bundesliga League All-star (Ulm, 2008), and in Czech Republic League Preseason Tourney, he garnered the Tournament MVP (Ulm '07).
"I am very excited to be coming home in the spring to play for the Albany Legends and coach [Ben] Smith." Gallup said in the release. "I know we will bring a thrilling up-tempo brand of basketball to the IBL, and all the fans of the Albany Legends. I am grateful for the opportunity coach [Smith] has afforded me. To be able to come home and play in front of family and dear friends from Gloversville and the fans in the Capital District, I couldn't be happier."