Lane sophomore Zach Kirschbaum has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Bemidji State University Beavers, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II school in Bemidji, Minn.
Kirschbaum, a 6’10” forward, was named to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges All-Southern Region Second Team and shared played during the 2011-12 season and redshirted the 2012-13 the region’s defensive player of the year honor. He averaged 18.19 points per game during the 2013-14 season and shot 50 percent from the field. He ranked second in the NWAACC in blocks per game (2.89) and was third in rebounding (10.63).
Kirschbaum played just one season at Lane, after transferring from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif., where he played during the 2011-12 season.
He chose Bemidji over the University of Denver, Colorado State University Pueblo and Holy Names University, among other schools.
“His recruitment was crazy,” Lane head coach Bruce Chavka said. “It was everything from (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) schools all the way up to Division I; there were three or four schools Division I-wise that were interested. I think he’s in a great situation. He’s got a full-ride to an NCAA Division II school and that’s why he transferred here from Vanguard, because he wanted to try to get to a higher level.”
Kirschbaum said he thought Bemidji gave him the best shot to fulfill his dream.
“After two years I want to get my bachelor’s degree in sociology and then transfer overseas and hopefully sign with a team,” Kirschbaum said. “I would love to go to Israel, Germany or Australia.”
Bemidji State finished fourth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference last season with an 18-9 overall record.
Kirschbaum is the second Lane athlete to sign with an NSIC school this month. Last week, Lane women’s basketball standout Tori Mahaffie signed with University of Mary.