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“I kind of always knew I wanted to play professionally somewhere," former UNO star Mitch Hahn said. Hahn's dream came true when he signed with the German professional team the Kirchheim Knights.

Mitch Hahn made the most of his senior season at UNO.

Not only did the 6-foot-8 forward help the Mavericks to a 21-win season — 12 more than the previous year — he also prolonged his basketball career.

“I kind of always knew I wanted to play professionally somewhere, but when I got hurt my junior season, it kind of derailed that possibility,” Hahn said. “I had a long talk with a good friend of mine, Thomas Viglianco, right before the Idaho game (Dec. 15) and he kinda told me that I needed to pick it up a little bit if I wanted to reach the goals I have set for myself.”

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As a senior, Mitch Hahn averaged 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds and shot 37.6% from 3-point range.

That goal became reality when Hahn signed with the Kirchheim Knights. They play in the ProA, a second-tier level of pro basketball in Germany.

Hahn said his agent is from Germany and has had success landing players on German teams. Hahn, who had never traveled internationally before, went to Germany last week.

His team started practice Monday, and the season runs Sept. 21 through May.

“The thing they like about me the most is that I am a 4 man that can shoot the ball,” said Hahn, who averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and shot 37.6% from 3-point range as a senior. “The thing I have been working on the most is trying to get quicker to be able to stay in front of smaller guards.”

Hahn, who had shoulder surgery after playing 15 games as a junior, had a knack for hitting big shots last season.

In January, his 3-pointer with eight seconds left gave UNO a 92-91 win at North Dakota. In February, his baseline jumper with 0.2 seconds left allowed the Mavs to beat South Dakota State 85-84.

Now the Fremont High graduate hopes to continue that trend for his first pro team.

“It means a lot to me to be able to represent the hometown that raised me and to kind of show off the characteristics that make me who I am,” Hahn said. “Not a ton of people from Fremont get to experience the things that I will, so that also is exciting for me.”

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