Professional Basketball

Munster's Bizoukas signs to play pro ball in Germany

2013-07-02T20:30:00Z 2013-09-16T18:46:18Z Munster's Bizoukas signs to play pro ball in GermanySteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

The basketball game of Munster's Michael Bizoukas has taken him all across the country. Now, the 2007 Mustangs grad's game is taking him all around the world.

Bizoukas, who played and graduated from DePaul and played one more NCAA season at Missouri State in 2011-12, recently signed to play Pro A basketball in Germany for the Oettinger Rockets Gotha.

Bizoukas will leave in August to play for coach Chris Ensminger over the pond. Ensminger played at Valparaiso University, where he graduated in 1996.

"I love playing basketball," Bizoukas said Tuesday while working out in the mountains of Arizona. "I plan on having fun playing with a great group of guys and a great organization."

Bizoukas played for a short time in Greece last year but it wasn't a right fit and he returned to the United States.

The 24-year-old former Indiana All-Star is known for having a high hoops IQ, quick hands on defense and an explosive first step while having the ball in his hands on offense.

He is also the kind of point guard who is always looking to pass first and make his teammates better.

In 31 games at Missouri State Bizoukas averaged 4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

"Michael is a point guard with the pass first mentality," Ensminger said in a release. "He makes his teammates better and I think that he will fit perfectly to the style that I want to play this season."

Bizoukas is pumped that the game he loves is opening a door for more life experience.

"I love traveling, exploring and meeting new people," Bizoukas said. "I'll go, have fun and make as many friends as I can. I have a lot left in the tank. They gave me a great contract offer. They are really taking care of me.

"I consider everywhere I go home."

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