BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College men's basketball alum Tim Hasbargen M'19 became the program's second player in as many years to sign a professional contract in Europe when he reached a deal with Ehingen Urspring in Pro A, the German second division, back in late July.
A native of Munich, Germany, Hasbargen follows in the footsteps of Joey Flannery '18, who had a successful 2017-18 campaign with Real Murcia Baloncesta in Spain's second division last year.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to play back home," said Hasbargen. "I know Ehingen from playing against them with my youth team, and after visiting and checking out the organization, it became clear that this would be a fit for both sides. I was away for four years and will definitely enjoy being around friends and family again, as well as having them check out some games!"
Following a three-year career as a walk-on at Division I Cleveland State University, Hasbargen joined the Beavers' program as graduate transfer prior to the 2017-18 campaign. Despite missing time due to injury, he made seven starts and averaged 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 45.1 percent in 15 contests. Hasbargen also earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference honors for his work in the classroom.
For Hasbargen, his experiences on and off the court in the states have helped him reach the goal of returning to his native country to play professionally. "At Cleveland State I became tougher and had to earn my spot in a competitive environment, and at Babson, I gained more confidence after having a bigger role," he stated. "I also benefitted from important experiences getting my bachelor's and master's degrees, which gives me the freedom to pursue basketball with the security of having something fall back on."
Hasbargen, who returned home following commencement in May, will join his teammates in Ehingen early next week to begin training camp. Following a nine-game preseason slate, the organization opens the regular season on September 23.