For Reyana Colson, the dream has become a reality.
One of the most decorated players to ever wear the Green and Gold, Colson will begin her professional career in September. She recently signed a contract with KR Reykjavik of the Icelandic League.
“I was waiting all summer for the call,” Colson said. “It’s something that I’ve worked hard for and I’m excited to see where it takes me. From what I’ve heard, this league is a sort of stepping stone to better opportunities.”
The team is based out of Reykjavik, the capital and largest city in Iceland. Last year’s squad featured Chazny Morris, a former Division I star from Missouri-Kansas City. Colson’s contract has her joining the team in mid-September and competing in Iceland for eight months.
“Hopefully I can stay healthy and continue playing professionally as long as possible,” she said. “To be able to travel the world and play the game I love has been my ultimate goal.”
In talking about her summer search in trying to land a professional contract, Colson thanked Broncos’ head coach Danelle Bishop and CPP professor Dr. Renford Reese for their help. While Bishop helped her continue her basketball training and build contacts overseas, Reese assisted Colson in finding an agent and creating a player profile package with video.
“From the time that I started college at Cal Poly Pomona, I’ve gained a lot of confidence in myself and I’ve been able to crawl out of my shell,” Colson said. “On the court, I learned to be a leader and also to appreciate everything that I’ve been given.”
The 5-foot-6 guard earned NCAA Division II All-American honors in March after leading the Broncos to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2002 and through her career, she totaled 1,931 points. Her academic success was just as remarkable, as she received Academic All-American mention in 2011 as well.