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    2017-18 MEN'S BASKETBALL - DI
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    Men's Basketball - D1-D2 - Mon, Jul. 31, 2017

    DEERFIELD, Ill. - Trinity International alum Zach Kirschbaum has signed a contract to play overseas, joining Cherno More Port Varna in the Bulgarian National Basketball League.

    Kirschbaum finished his two-year Trinity career last season, leading the Trojans to their first ever quarterfinal appearance at the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship last March. The NAIA All-American scored over 1,000 points during his time at TIU, and led the team with 17.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

    "Being at Trinity my last two years of college was truly a life changing experience, not only on the court, but off the court as well. I really grew in my character and in my faith in God and trusting His plan," said Kirschbaum. "I'm truly thankful for coach Boom and the impact as a true leader he had on my life. He truly shaped me and prepared me for life after college and getting me ready for the next level I was trying to get too. He believed in me and I believed in him as a coach and mentor in my life. I can't thank TIU and coach Boomer enough for opening the door for my family and I."

    "We are excited that Zach and his family have this tremendous opportunity," added Roberts, as Kirschbaum marks his first player as a head coach to sign a professional contract. "Obviously, he was a phenomenal player who helped put our program in the national conversation, and his accolades at TIU helped him get the chance to get paid to play basketball. Zach will represent Trinity and our basketball family well, and we look forward to watching his progress in Europe."

    Cherno More Port Varna is a three-time NBL champion, winning the top league in Bulgaria last in 1999. Varna finished 7th in the nine-team league last year, but reached the semifinals after a first-round upset in the playoffs. The NBL season is scheduled to start in Mid-October.