THAILAND - Former Whittier College standout Nick DeMusis '16 just finished his first year of professional basketball with the Nakorn Mad Goats of the Thailand Basketball Super League. Demusis spent two seasons with the Purple and Gold after transferring from Miles Community College (MT) back in 2013, and wasted no time putting up big numbers (17ppg as a Junior and 20ppg as a Senior), while leading the Poets to a post season tournament berth in his final season. He was also named a unanimous first team All SCIAC performer his senior year and Honorable Mention All-West Region for NCAA Division III.
After graduation Demusis was set to play professionally back home in Hawaii for the Hilo Hammerheads but when the Oceanic Basketball Association folded in 2017, he turned his sights to Thailand and signed a deal with the Mekong United Phantom. After the season Demusis then moved on and signed with the Nakorn Mad Goats where he played all of last season, averaging 18.3ppg, pulling down 8.25rpg and dishing out 3.25apg while being named Asia Basketball TBSL honorable mention, Asia Basket TBSL Player of the Week and a five time Top Ten TBSL Player of the Week.
"Nick's worked really hard to get to where he is," Head Whittier College basketball coach Mark Jensen stated. "Anyone who's been around our program and seen Nick play knew that one day he'd be playing professionally. We are so happy for him and wish him all the best as he moves forward with his career."
"I am thankful to be able to still play the game I love and am also very blessed to be a part of the Poet family," Demusis explained. "Throughout my college career I had multiple stops, attended multiple schools before my time at Whittier. Whittier was my home away from home and with me being so far away from my family and never being able to make it home for holidays or even summers, that's when I noticed it was more than just basketball to the coaches at Whittier. They became family to me during those times. They were always a phone call away if I needed them and I still keep in touch with them to this day. I gained a lot of knowledge and skills as a basketball player and also as an individual during my time at Whittier and these I will take with me wherever I go throughout my life."