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TerpZag
06-24-2013, 11:05 AM
Mike Hart To Take Basketball Skills To Oldenburg, Germany

SPOKANE, Wash. - There’s more basketball to come in the career of Mike Hart, a Gonzaga University senior this past season.

Hart leaves Aug. 3 for Oldenburg, Germany, an independent city in the state of Lower Saxony, Germany, to play for Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB. The team is a member of the Bundesliga league of the ProB, or third division, in Germany. The team won the Regionalliga in 2012 to move to the Bundesliga this past season.

“I think this will be a good starting place for me,” Hart said. “I hope to prove myself and work my way up to a higher division.”

Hart got the opportunity to play from assistant coach Tommy Lloyd who has several contacts in Germany from his playing days in the late 1990s in Dusseldorf. Lloyd was instrumental in the recruitment of Elias Harris of Speyer, Germany, who was also a senior for the Bulldogs this past season.

“Tommy introduced me to people in the club. The club seems to be run very professionally. I want to experience culture but not be overwhelmed, and I think Germany will do that for me. I think Germany will be a fun and exciting place to live for the next year,” Hart said of the experience which awaits him....

Gonzaga Article Link (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=208500060)

Zag 77
06-24-2013, 11:08 AM
I am sure Tommy asked Mike to keep his eyes open.

ZagNative
06-24-2013, 11:10 AM
Fantastic!

webspinnre
06-24-2013, 11:22 AM
I am sure Tommy asked Mike to keep his eyes open.

win-win!

Best of luck to Mike abroad.

sittingon50
06-24-2013, 11:34 AM
Enjoy the opportunity, Mike.

jazzdelmar
06-24-2013, 01:36 PM
Viel gluck, Mike

Malastein
06-24-2013, 02:36 PM
Hope he becomes Gonzaga's Chris Copeland!

ZagNative
06-24-2013, 02:53 PM
Great country and sites to be seen over there... on a day off, he could roll out of bed at 9:00 and be in Amsterdam by noon...

Rijksmuseum here I come!

jazzdelmar
06-24-2013, 03:08 PM
Great country and sites to be seen over there... on a day off, he could roll out of bed at 9:00 and be in Amsterdam by noon...

Rijksmuseum here I come!

Just reopened after vast overhaul. A global treasure.

MDABE80
06-24-2013, 03:31 PM
It's very pretty in Lower Saxony..........I hope Mike does well. Fav guy for the past 2 years. Just a solid person. Let's all hope he moves up the chain.

kitzbuel
06-24-2013, 05:03 PM
Great country and sites to be seen over there... on a day off, he could roll out of bed at 9:00 and be in Amsterdam by noon...

Rijksmuseum here I come!

That is exactly why I went to Amsterdam when I was 24.....not.

thespywhozaggedme
06-24-2013, 05:16 PM
I am sure Tommy asked Mike to keep his eyes open.


Good call.

SWZag
06-24-2013, 10:09 PM
Great news! If anyone deserves this opportunity, it's Mike.


Will be nice to have another local on the team.

The other import on the team is Michael Taylor, a 2011 graduate of Spokane’s Whitworth University who just completed his second season with the club.


Baskets Akademie Weser-Ems / Oldenburger TB ProB 2012/2013 (http://www.ewe-baskets.de/de/baskets-akademie/prob.html)



Originally Posted by Zag 77 View Post
I am sure Tommy asked Mike to keep his eyes open.

It looks like as part of this organization, there is a U19 and a U16 team.


Not sure how good your German is, but here is a
Press Guide / Information Booklet (http://issuu.com/ewe_baskets/docs/bawe/12?e=0)

Oregonzagnut
06-24-2013, 11:18 PM
That is exactly why I went to Amsterdam when I was 24.....not.

Ahhhhhh......Damrak street, walking right out of the train station. Traveling Europe for a year was the most valuable time of my life.

Mike Hart will love life there and many people speak English in Germany so he will enoy it. I could tell he was better than the IBL. I hope he keeps improving and moving up in leagues.

TexasZagFan
06-25-2013, 05:54 AM
That is exactly why I went to Amsterdam when I was 24.....not.

I went there because the local McDonalds had Heineken on tap. Goes great with a Big Mac and fries.

I like where Raivio's playing...Trier. About 20 minutes from where I lived in Traben-Trarbach.

It will (hopefully) be a great experience for Mike.

ZagNative
06-25-2013, 09:40 AM
I like where Raivio's playing...Trier. About 20 minutes from where I lived in Traben-Trarbach.Raivio played in Belgium this past season.

MDABE80
06-25-2013, 10:11 AM
Good to know ZN. Nice.

ZagNative
06-25-2013, 10:48 AM
Derek was named Guard of the year by Eurobasket (http://basketball.eurobasket.com/Belgium/news/Eurobasketcom_All-Belgian_League_Awards_2013/319537) in their All-Belgian League, second in scoring in the league at 18.8 points.

Derek was born in Antwerp, Belgium, where his dad Rick played professionally in 1984.