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Hinton Alum Jay Small Signs Professional Basketball Contract in Albania

Hinton Community School alum Jay Small has signed with KB Teuta Durres of the Albania Basketball Federation Superliga, the highest division of professional basketball in Albania.

KB Teuta Durres is located in Durres, Albania. Durres is one of the oldest cities in Albania and it sits along the coast of the Adriatic Sea. KB Teuta is one of the oldest teams in Albania going all the way back to 1925. The organization has won 4 SuperLiga titles and is coming off a 15-5 season last year.

Small had a decorated high school career in Hinton becoming the program’s leader in points (1,875) and assists (458). A two-time All-State selection, Small averaged 24 points, six assists, and six rebounds his senior year leading Hinton to an 18-5 record. He also earned All-State honors twice in football while also lettering in golf and baseball.

A three-year starter at Northwestern, Small finished his career with 1,287 points and earned All-Conference honors in each season. He averaged 14.1 points per game on 42.0% shooting in his time in Raider Red, helping Northwestern to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament twice and a Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) tournament title in 2021.

“What an opportunity for Jay,” commented Northwestern head coach Kris Korver. “We are so excited for him! Jay is a strong, tough, physical guard with second-to-none competitive spirit. He has the ability to create for himself and for others. We will be rooting for and praying for Jay as he goes on this adventure!”

With one graduate year of eligibility, Small transferred Benedictine University in Mesa, Arizona. The 6’2 guard played in all 30 games with the Redhawks and averaged 13.6 points, five rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Small was named to the California Pacific Conference All-Conference Team. Small’s 409 points were the 3rd most scored in a single season in Redhawks history.

Small played a crucial role in the Redhawks run to the 2022 NAIA National Tournament. He scored a game high 25 points in a conference tournament first round win against host intuition University of Antelope Valley. He then saved the Redhawks season and propelled them to the national tournament with a game tying made 3pt FG as timed expired against Simpson University to force overtime, which the Redhawks went on to win.

Small is set to join KB Teuta this week to start pre-season team activities with games starting in early October.