A few days ago we found out where Aaron White's post-Iowa basketball career would take him; now we know where Gabe Olaseni's post-Iowa basketball career is going to take him -- and it's not too far from his former teammate White. Olaseni's going to be joining White in the Basketball Bundesliga (aka, BBL) next year, having signed a contract with Brose Baskets.
Brose Baskets is the reigning BBL champions, having rolled to a 29-5 record in the regular season and defeating third-place Bayern Munich in the playoff finals, 3 games to 2. In fact, Brose Baskets has been the powerhouse team in the BLL of late -- they've won five of the last six championships, including four in a row from 2009-10 to 2012-13. So Olaseni will be joining a team that's very good -- and that likely has high expectations to keep the trophies coming.
Based on comments from Olaseni's agent, as reported by Hawk Central, Gabe is also going to be getting very well-compensated to ply his trade in Germany:
Olaseni's agent, Adam Pensack, said that the 6-foot-10 Olaseni had multiple NBA training-camp offers, but turned them down to sign the one-year overseas deal. Pensack said he couldn't get into specifics on the contract value, "but he will likely be the highest paid rookie in Europe and will likely be the only rookie playing in Euroleague this season."
That might be why he apparently declined an offer from the Heat to return for their training camp this fall.
Amusingly, Olaseni won't be the only player on Brose Baskets with Iowa college ties -- teammate Lucca Staiger played for Iowa State from 2008-10 before, uh, leaving them in the middle of the 2009-10 season. Welp. They'll always have that time he dropped 10 3s on Drake, though. The other notable US college player on Brose Baskets is Brad Wanamaker, who played for Pitt from 2007-11.
As we noted a few days ago, Olaseni had a better showing than White in the NBA Summer League this month. Olaseni played in eight games for the Heat, starting six and averaging 21.4 minutes per game. He averaged 7.4 ppg and 4.0 rpg, highlighted by a 14 point, 6 rebound effort against Utah. He followed up that game with another strong outing, a 10 point, 6 rebound effort versus Denver. Overall, Olaseni shot 53% from the field. There was a sliver of hope that Olaseni might be able to parlay that into a role with the Heat, but their congested front court likely made that impossible. Hopefully he (and White) excel in Germany this season and have another chance to make an NBA squad next year. Go get 'em, London Dunking (or British Air or whichever delightful nickname for Gabe you preferred).