The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently caught up with former Pitt star Chevy Troutman at the Greentree Summer League. Even though he’s had some success internationally playing for Italy, it sounds like the NBA isn’t in his future anytime soon:â†µ
“For my size and the way I was being promoted, it was better for me to go over there than anything else,” he said. "I realized that early. I said, ’Let me just start my career off as a pro over there and see how it goes.â†µ
“Now I’m very successful over there. I’m known in basketball. I don’t think I’ll ever have a problem having a job the rest of my career. I actually thought about coming back over here [to give the NBA a try], but for me it’s probably not worth it.â†µ
“It’s kind of difficult to get your foot in the door. They have to show the initiative.”â†µ
Troutman was one of Pitt’s all-time great frontcourt players and it’s nice to see him wind up with a career playing overseas. He was a key player for Pitt, hurt most perhaps by his ‘tweener’ of a body – too big for a small forward and too small for a true power forward. But with all of the international leagues out there, guys like him have a place to land.