Former York Suburban boys' basketball standout Ted Hinnenkamp will look to make his next mark on the professional scene.
More specifically, the Spanish professional scene.
Hinnenkamp signed a contract with the Spanish fourth-tier basketball team Fundación Baloncesto León last week and left to join the team earlier Wednesday evening. The signing was confirmed by Dickinson College head coach Alan Seretti. After graduating from Suburban, Hinnenkamp excelled at Dickinson.
Fundación Baloncesto León is a member of the Liga EBA, the fourth-and-lowest division of the Spanish professional basketball system. In Spain, the basketball hierarchy works a lot like the European soccer scene, with relegation and promotion. Every year, the top four teams from a league earn promotion to the next level, while the bottom four teams are relegated to the division below.
During Hinnenkamp's senior season last year for Dickinson, he averaged 17.2 points per game and 7.7 rebounds, while also adding in 2.3 assists per game. A 6-foot, 7-inch guard/forward combo, Hinnenkamp was named the Centennial Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year last season.
Hinnenkamp was the third Dickinson player in a row to be named CC Player of the Year, and the previous two, Adam Honig and Gerry Wixted, both earned shots to play professionally overseas, so Hinnenkamp knew he had the potential as well.
"When Teddy was named Player of the Year in the league, he was third in line with those guys, and with both of those guys having an opportunity, I think he knew there was potential for him to do it," Seretti said. "He's pretty mature about the situation because he looks at it as a life experience and an opportunity to be abroad, and that really intrigued him."
Hinnenkamp talked about the possibility of playing professionally with Seretti after seeing his former teammates get their chances.
"What a lot of people don't realize, and what we realized through Adam's time in Israel, is that it's a job," Sertti said. "It's a work at it, work at your body, work at your game. You're in a foreign country. ...You're not making NBA money and have to really love to do it and understand that, if you don't go there and perform and improve, they're not going to bide their time with you. It's a profession."
After scoring 1,114 career points at Dickinson, Hinnenkamp set the school record with a career shooting percentage of .580. He ranks second in single-season shooting percentage, hitting 62 percent of his attempts last season. He ranks ninth in the Centennial Conference in career shooting percentage and is tied for fourth on the conference list by playing in a school-record 116 games.
Hinnenkamp has been a part of some of the most successful men's basketball teams in Dickinson history. In 2014, the Red Devils advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Tournament, making their second straight NCAA appearance. That included a school-best 24 wins, going 24-7 that season. They matched that win total in 2015, making another appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16, finishing 24-6.
According to a media outlet in Leon, Hinnenkamp is expected to be added to the Spanish team's preseason roster in the next few days.
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