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Ben Hansbrough signs overseas contract

Posted on: June 27, 2011 1:00 pm
 
By Matt Norlander

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.

Photo: AP

Category: NCAAB
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 4:31 am
 

Ben Hansbrough signs overseas contract

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Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:48 am
 

Ben Hansbrough signs overseas contract

I bet some NBA teams are upset they didnt draft him now since they dont have the chance of getting him during free agency.



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:17 am
 

Ben Hansbrough signs overseas contract

Yeah look at all thise rings they got for finishing reg season #2.  They obviously didn't base anything off the tourney.  Thats a top 3 Big East tourney performance of all time.  Maybe #1 of all time.  



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Ben Hansbrough signs overseas contract

How is it that these writers on legit sites are allowed to submit articles with typos?.............."Typical honesty from Hansbrough, who was one of the more upfront players I deal with last season."        correct english would be "Typical honesty from Hansbrough, who was one of the more upfront players I dealt* with last season." 



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Ben Hansbrough signs overseas contract

the award is given to the player who has the best year, it is decided at the end of the regular season, had it been after both the big east and NCAA tournament im sure kemba would have won, but ben definalty deserves it over kemba, He lead a Notre Dame team to finish second in the big east while kemba lead his team to 8 place, it was an easy decision to give it to ben.  And while playing against eachother both had good games with Notre dame winning both times.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:00 am
 

Ben Hansbrough signs overseas contract

I suspect this signing is about money in the short term.  I bet they threw a ton of cash his way.  In the long term, I think it's about Hansbrough actually being able to play.  Probably a smart move to play in Europe for a couple of years due to the instability in the NBA.  If he plays well in Europe, he'll be signed to a NBA contract in a couple of years.




Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:26 am
 

Ben Hansbrough signs overseas contract

Florida State was a ten seed, not a seven.



Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:11 am
 

Ben Hansbrough signs overseas contract

and I thought my boy sherron going undrafted was a upset last year, sherron had some issues, this kid didnt. I could think of atleast 12 teams in the NBA that shoulda took a chance on him immediately.



Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:13 am
 

Ben Hansbrough signs overseas contract

Double the surprise... first, he doesn't get drafted, which is ridiculous, and then he jumps ship on the NBA for Germany.  They must've made him a HUGE offer.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:07 am
 

Ben Hansbrough signs overseas contract

He looks just like his brother "Psycho T" who plays for the Pacers. He should work out for them. It's worth a shot than blowing a chance at an NBA career and rushing to play in Europe.


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