August 10, 2011
SUNYIT's David Golembiowski Taking His Talents Overseas
After a remarkable four-year basketball career at SUNYIT,
David Golembiowski (Barneveld, NY/Holland Patent)
will now take his talents overseas to play with the German
professional club team BG Bonn Meckenheim.
"We are so happy for Dave to have this wonderful opportunity
to experience more of the world while playing professional
basketball,” said SUNYIT Athletic Director and Head
Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Grimmer.
“Dave has the ability to do very well in Germany and will
only get better as he continues to develop, especially playing
against strong European competition."
Golembiowski, the first SUNYIT student-athlete to ever sign
with a professional team at any level, signed an eighth-month
contract with the team that runs from August 2011 through April
2012 and will include housing and relocation expenses. In
addition to being on the player roster, Golembiowski will also help
coach two of the younger teams within the club, and he is very
excited for both opportunities.
“I think it’s going to be a great experience for
me,” explained Golembiowski. “Playing overseas
has always been a dream of mine. I want to thank everyone who
helped me get to this point, from the coaches at SUNYIT to my
parents and grandparents.”
Golembiowski said he pitched his player profile that included
game film, a resume and career statistics to multiple international
teams via email in the hopes of getting noticed.
“I knew I had to market myself to help those teams find
me,” he said.
BG Bonn Meckenheim did notice and became very
interested. After several conversations between both sides
over the past few weeks, the two came to an agreement and
Golembiowski will now join a squad that went 16-6 last season and
finished in second place in the West-1 Division standings of
“2.Regionalliga,” or Regional League 2.
The league is one of five levels of club basketball in
Germany, joining Regional League 1, Pro A, Pro B and
“Basketball Bundesliga,” which is known in English as
the Federal Basketball League and is the highest of the five levels
Golembiowski will leave for Bonn, Germany on Monday, August 22
and will begin practicing with the team in early September.
The Regional League’s season will begin at the end of
September and will last until the final week of March, with
Golembiowski returning home shortly thereafter. As of today,
the team’s schedule has not yet been posted on its
Golembiowski capped off his incredible Wildcat career by
receiving five national honors this past season. He was
selected to the 2010-11 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC)
Division III Upstate Men's Basketball All-Star Team, as well as
being named to the D3Hoops.com All-America Second Team, with the
website also naming him the All-East Region Player of the Year
after twice choosing him to its National Team of the Week during
the season. He was also selected to the 2011 National
Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District East Region
First Team, while being one of 20 players chosen out of the 88
fellow honorees to participate in the NABC Reese's Division III
College All-Star Game. As a member of the East Team,
Golembiowski finished with team-highs of 14 points, 12 rebounds and
two blocks in the contest, which was held prior to the NCAA
Division III men's basketball championship game at the Salem Civic
Center in Salem, Va.
Golembiowski, the program's all-time leader in career points,
rebounds, blocks and 3-pointers made, also won his third straight
North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Player of the Year award
and earned his third consecutive selection to the NEAC
All-Conference First Team after leading the conference in both
points and rebounds. The 6-foot-7 forward also led the
Wildcats in points, rebounds, blocks and 3-pointers made and
finished fifth in the nation in points per game (24.6), while being
16th in double-doubles (15), 17th in rebounds
per game (11.2) and 23rd in blocks per game (2.4).
A four-year starter, Golembiowski was the first Wildcat to ever
score 2,000 career points and finished with career averages of 20.1
points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers made in 105
contests, while boasting shooting averages of 49 percent from the
field, 35 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free
The Wildcat basketball program reached unprecedented heights
during Golembiowski’s four years on the team, winning
back-to-back NEAC Championships and making two consecutive
appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2009 and 2010,
marking the first time that any sport in the school’s history
had qualified for tournament play. While there, the team
compiled a respectable cumulative record of 3-2, reaching the
second round in 2009 and the Sweet 16 in 2010. This past
season, the squad finished 14-11 overall and made an appearance in
the NEAC Tournament semifinals.
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