Starting in the new year, former Bemidji State University men's basketball player Seth Haake will be a professional.
Haake, who played at BSU from 2006-10, has signed with a professional organization in Germany called München Basket.
"I'm really excited going to another country, another culture and do what I love to do," Haake said. "I want to go over there and prove to myself I can live and perform and build my resume and professional career."
Based in Munich, Haake will be playing in the third tier of the organization, competing against other teams in Germany. The team is composed of mostly college students, making him the only American on the team. Haake will be joining the team halfway through its season.
"As an imported player they expect me to be a top performer and contribute a lot to the team," Haake said. "I see myself being challenged but stepping up and being a top performer."
The Eden Prairie, Minn., product walked onto the BSU squad at semester break of the 2006-07 season and quickly proved he can play at a high level, getting better each year and finishing his senior season averaging 18.6 points per game which was good for second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. He finished his career 10th on BSU's all-time scoring list with 1,202 points. His 914 points in conference play placed him 12th on the league's all-time list. He also added 190 career assists to sit 10th on BSU's top career assists list. For his career, Haake shot 51.3 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from 3-point range and 82.0 percent from the free throw line.
"My whole life I've been gradually getting better," Haake said. "I wasn't recruited out of high school, so my goal was to just play college basketball and when I got to Bemidji my goal was just to play. Then I got better and better and my goal was to be a really good player and then my senior year came around and I had a good year and realized maybe I could build beyond that and keep pursing what I love to do."
Haake is the 11th Bemidji State basketball alumni to play professionally. He leaves the states Monday and is scheduled to participate in his first game Jan. 8.