de Haas To Leave Basketball Program, Pursue Professional Career

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Head men's basketball coach Mark Schmidt announced Tuesday that guard Sam de Haas will not return to St. Bonaventure for the upcoming season.  Schmidt said de Haas informed him that he intends to sign a professional contract with the WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom in his native Netherlands.

"While it's an unfortunate loss for our program, we respect Sam's decision," Schmidt said. "We thank Sam for his time in a St. Bonaventure uniform, and wish him well as he takes the next step in his basketball career."

de Haas, who appeared in 22 games as a freshman last year, averaged 0.9 points in 5.9 minutes of action for the Bonnies. Prior to his time at St. Bonaventure, the Den Bosch, Netherlands, product served as the captain of the U-18 Dutch National Team and was part of the Dutch team that won the U-20 National Championship.

WCAA Giants is a member of the Dutch Basketball League (DBL), and currently features several former NCAA players, including Cory Johnson from Iowa State and Rahmon Fletcher from Wisconsin-Green Bay. The DBL regular season begins in late September and runs through mid-April.