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Former Eagle Hoops Standout Signs $60 Million Contract

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Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried has signed a five-year contract extension with the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets. The deal is worth $60 million, according to Yahoo! Sports, ESPN and several other national media outlets.

Faried, a 6-foot-8 forward, most recently helped the United States capture a gold medal in the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup. The U.S.A., which won all nine of its contests, has now secured an automatic bid to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Faried has tallied 2,490 points and 1,770 rebounds in 206 NBA games over the past three seasons. He averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 boards while shooting 55 percent from the field in 2013-14.

Faried was taken 22nd overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. He earned a spot on the NBA's All-Rookie First Team in 2012. The Newark, N.J., native was tabbed to the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge in 2013 when he also picked up the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.

Faried helped MSU to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2009, 2011) and was named the Ohio Valley Conference's Male Athlete of the Year as a senior. He was a two-time OVC Basketball Player of the Year (2010-11) and three-time Defensive Player of the Year (2009-11).

Chosen the 2011 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year, Faried was selected to multiple All-America lists following his final campaign. He was also tabbed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as the National Defensive Player of the Year after his final season.

Faried finished his college career with 1,673 rebounds. The total set the NCAA's modern-era record, which was previously held by 14-time NBA All-Star Tim Duncan.

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