Nivins to play in Spain

Former Saint Joseph’s center Ahmad Nivins, who was drafted in the second round by the Dallas Mavericks, has signed a contract to play professionally in Spain.

Nivins, who was Player of the Year in the Big 5 and Atlantic 10 last season, will play for Manresa in the ACB League. He will be the first rookie in 4 years to play in the ACB League.

The Mavericks picked Nivins 56th overall. Dallas will retain Nivins’ NBA rights.

Nivins, of Jersey City, N.J., led the Hawks with 19.2 points and 11.7 rebounds last season.