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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Forward Nick Hornsby, a three-year starter for the Sacramento State basketball program, signed a professional contract and will play for the Giessen 46ers of Germany's Basketball Bundesliga (BBL).

The BBL is the highest level of professional basketball in Germany and is comprised of 18 teams. Hornsby and the 46ers will play a season that runs from the end of September through May.

Hornsby, who graduated in the spring with a sociology degree, played four years for the Hornets from 2013-17. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound power forward ranks among the top 20 players in program history in 12 different statistical categories. That includes second in games (123), third in rebounds (723), fifth in both starts (89) and minutes played (2,997), and seventh in steals (133).

The rebounds are easily the most by any Hornet during the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.), and his nine career double-doubles are tied for the third most in the Div. I era. The Irvine, Calif., native raised his scoring average all four years of his career, from 3.7 ppg as a freshman to 6.8 ppg as a sophomore, 7.8 ppg as a junior, and 11.3 ppg as a senior.

This past season (2016-17), he was one of three players to start all 31 games and served as a team tri-captain. Hornsby averaged 11.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocked shots and 29.8 minutes per game while shooting .504 (129-256) from the field, .380 (19-50) from the 3-point line and .712 (74-104) from the free throw line. Among Big Sky leaders, he ranked third in rebounding, second in defensive rebounding (5.9 per game), seventh in offensive rebounding (2.2 per game) and 12th in field goal percentage.

Hornsby is the third Hornet that has signed a professional contract to play overseas this year, a list that includes John Dickson (Argentina) and Duro Bjegovic (Italy). Mikh McKinney, who played in the NBA G-League last seaason, will likely play professionally in the Philippines this year. Joel Jones, who spent parts of 15 years playing overseas (primarily in Puerto Rico), recently retired. Eric Stuteville, who played for the Hornets from 2013-17, became the first Sacramento State player in program history to play in the NBA Summer League when he played for the Kings. Stuteville could wind up on an NBA G-League roster this seaason.