NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State Men’s Basketball alum Chaed Wellian recently completed his third professional season in Europe. The 2014 TSU graduate spent this past season in Germany suiting up for Saarlouis Sunkings. Wellian began his professional basketball career in Denmark before a stint in Sweden in 2015-16.
After making his way through the junior college ranks, Wellian played in 34 games during his two seasons at TSU. The 6’8 forward graduated with his degree in Exercise Science in 2014.
TSUTigers.com caught up with Wellian to hear about his progress.
TSUTigers.com: What has been the highlight of your professional career?
Chaed Wellian: "This season was kind of a breakout season for me so I would say the highlight of my professional career is averaging 24 points a game this past season."
TSU: What are your plans for the off season?
CW: "This off season, I will be spending a lot of time with my daughter in Atlanta and family. But of course I will also train in Atlanta."
TSU: What are your plans for next season?
CW: "For next season, I don't have any plans yet but I'm very confident that great things will happen next season."
TSU: How often have you been back to Nashville?
CW: "Since I left TSU, I haven't been back to Nashville because I spend most of my time across waters (in Europe), and when I'm on US soil, I'm busy with training and spending time with my family. But this summer I definitely have a trip to Nashville planned!"
TSU: What are some of the biggest things you took away from your TSU experience?
CW: "I would say being independent, discipline, networking and of course my degree."
TSU: Do you still follow the team? What are your thoughts on the program?
CW: "I follow the team every now and then I read articles about the team often and follow TSU athletics on social media. So I'm pretty aware of what's going on with all sports at TSU. But when TSU men's basketball was looking for a new head coach (when Dana Ford was hired), I was one of the players that was interviewing the different candidates that were applying for the head coaching job. I must say that I'm very impressed with the job that has been done since I left. The program made a complete 360. I think the coaching staff is doing an excellent job, and I think there are many more great things to come for TSU men's basketball. I bleed Blue, so I'm definitely rooting for them!”