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July 30, 2013

Greiner living his dream with pro deal

TRAVERSE CITY — For now, graduate school and a job in the advertising industry will have to wait.

Holden Greiner is putting both of those options on hold as he’s getting a chance to continue his basketball career when he signed a deal to play with Landstede Zwolle, a professional team in the Dutch First Division.

“It’s every kid’s dream growing up playing basketball,” said Greiner. “When you love something you’d love to be able to get paid to do what you love. I know some great players, especially guys who played on my team when I was younger, who just tried and fizzled out. They couldn’t really get good opportunities. A lot goes out to my coaches and my team and my agency just getting me some good offers from some good squads overseas. I’m really excited with the opportunity.”

Greiner was an all-stater at St. Francis, then went on to become a 1,000-point scorer at Lehigh, while earning all-Patriot League first team honors his senior year. From that he had quite a few offers to play overseas and jumped quickly on the one he received from Zwolle.

“My agent said this is the kind of offer you can’t turn it down. Right when we got offered we just jumped on it. It’s a great program. Zwolle is a great place to live,” said Greiner.

Greiner will have an opportunity to move back to his natural position as a wing after playing power forward in his four years with the Mountain Hawks. He is essentially replacing former Michigan captain Zack Novak, who averaged 17.8 points per game with the team last season.

“He did really well for them,” said Greiner. “They signed me to do what he did. They loved what he did. He was a 6-foot-7 wing and kind of plays similar to me. He’s a lot stronger than me so I’m going to have to get tougher, but I’m kind of hoping to do what he did. That’s the plan.”

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