June 12, 2012

HANLEY SIGNS PRO DEAL IN EUROPE

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LOS ANGELES — Following a standout career with the Tigers, Occidental College men's basketball player Jack Hanley (Seattle) is headed overseas to play professional basketball. The four-year starter and three-time All-SCIAC player signed a contract with Herzoege Wolfenbuettel of the Pro B division in Germany for the 2012-13 season.

Hanley impressed Herzoege Wolfenbuettel scouts enough during workouts on campus back in April to become the team's first American player signed this season.

"Jack is a fundamentally sound player and at 6-foot-4, he is capable of playing the 1, 2, or 3," Occidental coach Brian Newhall said. "He will fit nicely with his new team as a 'do a little bit of everything' type wing." 

Hanley, a 6-foot-4 guard who came to Oxy in 2008 as an NCAA Division I transfer from the University of San Diego, scored more than 1,000 points in his Oxy career, was a three-time team MVP and led Oxy in scoring in each of his first three seasons.

During his senior year, he started every game, played 35.3 minutes per game, scored 13 points per game and shot 87.5 percent from the free throw line. He scored 20 points or more in four times, including a season-high 27-point performance at Whittier on Feb. 11. In 2009-10, he shot above 58 percent from the three-point line.

Hanley is just the latest of a handful of former Tigers to find opportunities overseas. Recent Oxy SCIAC Players of the Year Finn Rebassoo '03, Sam Betty '06, and Connor Whitman '08 have all played professionally in Europe.

"We have a long tradition of sending both Oxy players and other SCIAC players to play in Europe," Newhall said. "Betty, Rebassoo and Whitman all had incredible cultural experiences while also getting an opportunity to extend their careers playing professional basketball."