Ripon's Sabin sets sights on pro career
RIPON - "You can do anything no matter where you play," former Ripon men's basketball standout Ty Sabin said.
Back to the place that made him a division III star, the school's all-time leading scorer is picking up where he left off.
"All the basketball, lifting and conditioning has paid off," Sabin said.
"Now is where the work really begins, there's been a lot of work that's led up to this point," Ripon men's basketball coach Ryan Kane said.
After putting in years of early morning workouts, the New Berlin native is ready to punch the clock on his first professional gig.
"It's something I've been working towards and kind of the dream job," Sabin said.
For Sabin, it's about knocking down his next opportunity, which will come in Denmark. This past Saturday the guard signed with the Horsholm 79ers basketball franchise. He'll depart on August 15th to begin his first season with the team.
"I think the coolest part was the amount of support I got when I posted to social media, I was blown away by how many people were excited," Sabin said.
It's a one-year contract for a "tier-1" European squad and judging by their initial discussions, they expect No. 12 in the starting lineup from the opener on.
"I think that was the best situation for me and best fit," Sabin said. "That's how we kind of decided where I'd start my rookie career."
"Honestly, I'm kind of jealous that I can't coach him anymore," Kane said. "I really think he's still improving and I think he's going to get so much better. This is hopefully the start of a long career."
Forget the physicality of the pro game, Sabin's biggest hurdle will be learning a new culture.
"I'm not even ready for how big of a culture shock it's going to be," Sabin said. "I'm going to do some studying but I'm excited."
In a career of proving doubters wrong, this all-time Redhawks great is ready to "Sabs" the best for last.
"It's not where you start, it's where you finish," Kane said. "That's the mindset he's had since freshman year."
"At first they're going to think it's just a division III guy," Sabin said. "I look forward to carrying the division III flag and making sure people know."