Former WWU hoopster Zach Henifin signs with Romanian team
July 26, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Former Western Washington University men's basketball standout Zach Henifin is heading to Romania to play professionally this fall.
Henifin has signed with the Perla Harghethi Basketball Club, a first division team which plays in the city of Miercurea Ciuc, located in Romania's Transylvania region.
Henifin, who was born and raised in Bellingham, has been a fixture locally at multiple levels. Besides the Vikings, he also starred at Whatcom Community College and Bellingham High School, and last spring helped the semi-pro Bellingham Slam to the International Basketball League title.
As a senior at WWU during the 2011-12 season, Henifin started on a 31-5 team that won the NCAA Division II national championship. He had per-game averages of 10.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, being named to the West Regional all-tournament team and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds in the Vikings' national semifinal win over Stonehill College.
Henifin then signed with the Slam and helped that team to his second title in four months with a 142-109 win over the Portland Chinooks on July 8.
Henifin averaged 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Slam. He scored in double figures eight times, and had a season-high 19 points twice. Henifin also posted a pair of double-doubles during the regular season.
"I've thought about this since I was in high school and now it is less than a month away," said Henifin about competing overseas. "I am very thankful to have this opportunity."
Henifin will depart in Auguest for Romania to prepare for the season, which begins in October and runs through April.
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