GRAND FORKS — Roughly two years into her collegiate career at the University of North Dakota, Lexi Klabo thought more and more about a professional basketball career.
Not surprisingly, her play steadily improved as well in her final two years with the UND women’s basketball program.
As a result, Klabo indeed will play professionally as the UND senior has signed with Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen in Mechlin, Belgium, a town located 15 minutes from Brussels.
Kangoeroes Mechlin is a member of the Top Division One League in Belgium. The club posted a 15-6 record last season and finished fourth in the conference to earn a playoff spot. Kangoeroes advanced to the semifinals of the playoffs, sweeping Liege in quarterfinals and eventually falling to league champion Castors Braine.
After her senior season, Klabo signed with Wiesel Sports, LLC before taking part in the Pro Hoop Combine in Tampa, Fla., in conjunction with the women’s Final Four last month.
UND has had a handful of players move on to the professional ranks.
“It’s an exciting endeavor for Lexi, and I’m proud of her effort,” said UND women’s coach Travis Brewster. “It’s quite impressive to be graduating this spring, earning a degree while playing hoops, and then going to Belgium to keep playing professionally and go see the world at the same time.”
Klabo is the seventh player from UND to sign a professional contract since UND made the jump to Division I and the 10th player since Brewster joined former coach Gene Roebuck’s staff in 2007.