EuroCup star Mejia retires

Jul 17, 2020 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
EuroCup star Mejia retires

Sammy Mejia has opted to retire from the game of basketball at age 37. Mejia played most of his career in the 7DAYS EuroCup, where he shined for seven campaigns: one with Cholet Basket of France, where he made his competition debut in 2009, and three seasons each for Turkish sides Banvit Bandirma and Tofas Bursa. He was selected for the All-EuroCup First Team for the 2014-15 season and is prevalent among the competition's all-time statistical leaders. Mejia ranks second all-time among EuroCup players in accumulated performance index rating, with 1,488; fourth in scoring, with 1,214 points; and tied for eighth in steals, with 110. His 14.5 points per game is the highest career average for a player with at least 80 EuroCup appearances.

An accomplished shooter, Mejia made 47.4% of his shots from downtown, which ranks eighth all-time. His 125 career triples made are the most among players in the top 10 all-time in three-point accuracy. Mejia also played for Orlandina of Italy, Larissa of Greece, and CSKA Moscow of Russia, which he helped to reach the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game and win both the Russian League and the VTB League titles in 2012. He also won the French League crown with Cholet in 2010. His best finish in the EuroCup was reaching the semifinals with Banvit in the 2014-15 season, losing against eventual champion Khimki Moscow Region.

"Basketball has been at the center of my heart for as long as I can remember. It has brought me such incredible joy, as well as some unforgottable pain. I've learned so much about myself because of his game. I have traveled and shared some of the most amazing experiences with people that I love. Who knew that a ball could do that? It started as a young boy trying to keep up with his older brothers on the court, and ended as a man thankful for everything that this game has given him. After a lot of thought and emotional highs and lows, I've decided to officially retire from the game of Basketball," Mejia said in a statement. "As I close the door on this part of my life, there is so much that I will be taking with me. All the ups and downs. All the friendships. All the people who helped me get here... Thank you, Basketball, for allowing this kid's dreams to come true."