Knudsen signs pro contract to play in Germany

2014-06-26T17:16:00Z 2014-06-28T00:01:05Z Knudsen signs pro contract to play in GermanyGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
June 26, 2014 5:16 pm  • 

Bobbi Knudsen, whose name appears in the Montana State Billings women’s basketball record book 25 different times, has signed a professional contract to play in Germany.

Knudsen, a 5-foot-8 guard from Malta, will play for Freiburg, a member of the German DBBL. She will leave for Germany in August. The season begins in September.

“I have always wanted to play professional basketball and I couldn’t let an opportunity like this pass me by,” said Knudsen. “Following my collegiate career playing basketball at MSUB, I was able to speak with an agent who got me in contact with the team in Germany. I talked with the head coach and the sports director and really liked what they said. I felt really comfortable.”

Knudsen was a three-time All-American for the Yellowjackets. She averaged 17.2 points and 5.8 assists a game this past season. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player and Female Athlete of the Year, Knudsen helped MSUB reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II national tournament.

She is the all-time leading scorer and assist leader for the GNAC.

Freiburg’s season runs from September to May and the team is allowed three American players per game.

This will be Knudsen’s first trip to Germany. She also does not speak the language.

“Nope, never been there,” said Knudsen, who obtained a key to the Malta High School gym to work on her game this summer. “It will be a great opportunity for me to not only play basketball in a competitive environment, but also to learn about a new culture and country as well.”

Knudsen finished with 1,831 points and 532 assists during her career at MSUB. She also set the single-season assist record this year with 193.

Knudsen follows former Yellowjackets Natalie Visger and Codi (Schmitz) Austreim, who also played in Germany following their college careers.

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