After going undrafted last Thursday night, Ben Hansbrough is heading to Dirk Nowitzki’s homeland to upstart his professional career.
Hansbrough is bypassing workouts and tryouts with NBA teams, instead opting to sign a contract with Germany’s FC Bayern Muenchen, which is based in Munich. The Notre Dame standout who was the 2010-11 Big East Player of the Year (as the seasons pass us by in the future, the fact Kemba Walker did not win this distinction will be a great nugget of trivia) didn’t want to wait around, what with the NBA’s lockout surely set to begin Friday.
“I got a great offer,” he said by cell phone Sunday afternoon from Missouri. “It’s just something that I couldn’t pass up. I feel good about it. … It was tough at first feeling like I should hear my name called [at the Draft] but I can’t change anything about it. For now, I embrace a chance to go make some money.”
Typical honesty from Hansbrough, who was one of the more upfront players I deal with last season.
Bayern went 17-13 in 2010-11, by the way. Hansbrough, who has a one-year deal, will start his season with the team in September, but fly over to the Fatherland a month prior to get acclimated and work on improving his game immediately. Undrafted college players have often spent one, two, three years overseas before getting a chance at earning a living back stateside in the Association.
According to the South Bend Tribune, Carleton Scott, who left Notre Dame with one year of eligibility left, isn’t going to follow his teammate’s lead. Scott will give it a try with NBA teams and wait for the lockout to take its course, losing money and valuable time improving his game on foreign soil.
Hansbrough put up 18.4 points and 4.3 assists per game last season, a year that saw Notre Dame become incredibly formidable in a Big East that sent a record-breaking 11 teams to the NCAA tournament. Hansbrough and the Irish’s run ended prematurely, as the team fell in the third round to No. 7 Florida State.