Emporia State's Malik Hluchoweckyj signs international pro hoops deal

(WIBW) - For the second time this summer, a former Emporia State men's basketball player has signed a professional basketball contract overseas.

Malik Hluchoweckyj is heading to Bosnia to play for KK Bratunac of the Bosnia BiH Liga. It is the first division league in Bosnia.

Before Hluchoweckyj, former Hornet forward Hassan Thomas signed with Sampaense BasketE of Portugal Proliga, making this the first time the Hornets have had two players sign to play professionally in the same year.

"Getting the chance to play professionally has always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid," Hluchoweckyj said in a release. "So getting this opportunity is a blessing because I get to do what I love for a living."

As a senior last season, the guard led Emporia State with 93 assists and averaged 11.7 points per game. The Bowling Green transfer also shot 50% from the field and 40% from three.

"We are very proud of Malik on getting an opportunity to play professional basketball overseas," Emporia State head coach Craig Doty said. "He was so impressive and showed incredible growth on and off the court last season.

"Malik proved a lot of people wrong his senior season. He earned the starting spot at point guard and more than doubled his scoring average from the previous season. Along the way he proved how efficient he can be shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from the three point line. These numbers, in combination with helping our team double the conference win total from the previous season, along with his outstanding athleticism, helped him earn this professional opportunity."

"ESU helped grow me tremendously," Coach Vandiver and his staff taught me so much about being a man and how to be accountable," Hluchoweckyj said. "Coach Doty and his staff taught me how to be a true professional and how a new group of individuals can come together from all over the world with different backgrounds to accomplish one goal."

According to ESU, Hluchoweckyj will leave for Bosnia in August.