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Kenny Hasbrouck Headed To Play In Turkey

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Former Siena Saint Kenny Hasbrouck has reached an agreement to play for Mersin of the 16-team Turkish Basketball League (TBL), the pre-eminent professional basketball league in Turkey. Hasbrouck will look to add a spark for Mersin which currently holds a record of 1-7. After taking his time before signing for this season in order to find just the right opportunity, Hasbrouck intends to make the most of it.

“The league is a very tough and physical league and one of the better in Europe so I can’t wait for a chance to play,” said Hasbrouck. ”The choice came because of the opportunity I can create for myself in this league if I perform the way I’m expected! (No pressure).”

Several notable players have previously played in  the NBL including former and current NBA players such as Allen Iverson, Deron Williams, Carlos Arroyo, Jordan Farmar and Anthony Mason.

Hasbrouck is entering the fifth pro season and fourth overseas, following an illustrious career at Siena. Hasbrouck began his career with the NBA Developmental League’s Rio Grande Valley (2009-10) where he averaged 16.9 points per game. In early 2010 he was signed to two 10-day contracts with the Miami Heat. Later that year he was re-signed to a non-guaranteed contract, spending time with the Heat before being waived in late October.

Hasbrouck spent the last three seasons playing in Europe with  Meridiano Alicante (2010-11) in Spain’s top league, EWE Basket in Germany’s Bundesliga (2011-12) and Virtus Bologna (2012-13) in Italy’s SerieA. Last season with Bologna he averaged 11.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

Current members of the Mersin roster include Jordan Theodore (Seton Hall ’12) Ali Karadeniz (Arizona ’01) and Antwain Barbour (Kentucky ’04).

“I honestly don’t know much about the team,” Hasbrouck said. ”I’ve played against Barbour a couple times and I know that’s he’s a great player!”

After spending much of the last few weeks back at Siena training and preparing for his next move, Hasbrouck is ready to get back at doing what he does best, compete.

“To finally get back on the court and compete with my team is beyond words,” Hasbrouck said. ”Those that know me, know that I’m all about competing to win. I haven’t been able to compete in a serious game since April. So, I’m super anxious to get back on the court and go at it like I’m accustomed to.”

 

 

Kenny Hasbrouck played for Siena from 2005-2009 and was one of the corner stones of the most successful era of Saints basketball. During his tenure the Saints went to two NCAA tournaments, winning games against Vanderbilt and an OT thriller against Ohio State. Hasbrouck finished his career with 1,917 points, 4th all time. In his four years at Siena, his lowest scoring average was 12.4 during his freshman campaign. During the 2006-07 season he scored 36 points vs. MAAC opponent Rider, a feat he almost equaled a year later vs. MAAC rival Marist when he scored 35. Hasbrouck wasn’t just a great scoring option, he could also distribute the rock. His 331 assists rank 12th on the Saints all time list. His 248 career steals ranks first all-time at Siena. For his efforts Hasbrouck achieved national and conference recognition by being named to the AP All-American Honorable Mention team and earning MAAC Player of the Year Honors in 2009. He also achieved Siena’s highest honor as one of only three players to have their number retired at Siena College.

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