Former Florida Gators forward Dan Werner is set to begin his professional career overseas.

Werner, a 6-foot-8 forward from Middletown, N.J.,  has signed a four-year deal with Virtus Bologna in the Italian Series A League.

In playing in the top pro league in Italy, Werner will get a chance to begin his career for the same club that produced current San Antonio Spurs standout Manu Ginobili and former NBA big man Marko Jaric.

Last season, Virtus Bologna had five Americans on the club, including former Miami power forward LeRoy Hurd and former UNC-Wilmington standout Brett Blizzard. Former Kansas standout Keith Langford led Virtus Bologna to the Series A title in 2009.

Werner graduated from UF last month with a degree in event management. He earned a national championship ring as a freshman reserve on UF’s 2007 national title team.