Seemann dribbles to Germany
Written by JASON PETERS, Citizen staff -- GRADE POINT COLUMN
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
From PGSS to pro.
That's the path Jennifer Seemann has followed.
Seemann, a 2003 graduate of the local high school, is now playing basketball for the Speyer-Schifferstadt Towers, a German professional club. She signed the pro contract after a summer of hoops with an "Out West Elite" Canadian team, which took a two-week tour of Europe. Seemann inked a one-year deal with the Towers, who compete in Division 1 of the DBBL.
Seemann, a six-foot-forward, is living in Speyer, which is near Mannheim in the southwest part of Germany. Earlier this month, she and her Towers teammates played in a pre-season tournament that featured Division 1 and Division 2 squads from Germany and Luxembourg. The Towers won two of their four games, and Seemann averaged 35 minutes of playing time per contest. The calibre of the event was high indeed. One of the teams featured Megan Vogel, a Minnesota native who was selected 19th overall by the Washington Mystics in the 2007 WNBA draft.
I remember watching Seemann during her high school days with the Polars. She stood out from the crowd back then, but I never imagined she would play pro one day. The fact she's doing just that is awe-inspiring. It speaks not only to her talents, but to her absolute dedication to the game. After she graduated, she spent five years with the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves and evolved into that program's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Oh, and at the same time, she earned a nursing degree.Last season, her final one with the Wolves, Seemann was chosen as the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference player of the year and got the nod as an All-Canadian. She was the only player in the ACAC who finished in double digits in average points per game (14.8) and average rebounds per game (10.7).
My path crossed with Seemann's last March when we were both in Truro, N.S., for the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association women's nationals. I was there to cover the UNBC Northern Timberwolves and Seemann was there to attend the annual All-Canadian banquet. She was up for the CCAA player of the year award but lost out to Chanelle St-Amour of the Sainte-Foy Dynamiques. The Dynamiques, with St-Amour controlling their backcourt, left Truro later that week with the national title tucked away in their luggage.
What's St-Amour up to now? She's playing CIS basketball for Laval University and now has two years of national-team service under her belt.
So yeah, St-Amour is one of the best. And Seemann is at her level.
For a former Polar, that's pretty cool.