On Saturday afternoon, former Marquette men’s basketball guard Katin Reinhardt announced that he had signed a contract with BC Dzukija in Lithuania.
It’s the first professional contract for Reinhardt after finishing his four years of collegiate eligibility with Marquette in 2016-17. After struggling in non-conference play due to recovery from injury, the Dana Point, California native came on strong in Big East play. Reinhardt averaged 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in the 18 game league slate while shooting 42% on three-pointers to help propel the Golden Eagles to KenPom’s eighth most efficient offense in the country, not to mention the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2013.
Of course, we can’t forget Reinhardt’s most important contribution to the Marquette season. He hit two free throws with 11 seconds remaining for two of his 18 second half points to give the Golden Eagles their first and only lead against #1 Villanova as MU went on to score the upset against the Wildcats.
Dzukija, located in Alytus in southern Lithuania, is a fairly new club in the Lithuanian basketball system. They started operations in 2012, and after one season in the NKL, which is the second tier league, they have played in the top tier LKL since then. It appears that they advanced to the LKL by way of a promotion/relegation system, but it also appears that no one was relegated the past two seasons. Dzukija finished last in 2015-16, but they’re still in the LKL. They’re coming off of a 10-26 season in 2016-17, but that was good enough to earn the eighth and final playoff spot in the league.
We here at Anonymous Eagle would like to wish Katin nothing but the best as he chases his dreams of being a professional basketball player. Go forth and set the world (and the nets!) on fire.