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Sean Sonderleiter - PF, 6'9, 235
Retired - Retired after 2013 season
       Date of birth: 12/17/1980
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2004
     Out of: Iowa
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

When: Where:
2000 - 2004 Iowa (NCAA)
March 2007 - August 2007 Perry Lakes Hawks (Australia, SBL)
March 2008 - August 2008 Perry Lakes Hawks (Australia, SBL)
November 2008 - June 2010 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
July 2010 New Orleans Hornets (Summer League)
August 2010 - May 2011 ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
December 2011 - December 2012 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
January 2013 Reno Bighorns (D-League)


Date
League
Transaction
7th November, 2008 D-League Drafted 155th overall in the 2008 D-League Draft by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
2nd January, 2009 D-League Waived by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
11th January, 2009 D-League Re-acquired by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
4th November, 2009 D-League Designated as a returning player by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
2nd August, 2010 Germany Signed a two year contract with ratiopharm Ulm.
27th May, 2011 Germany Released by ratiopharm Ulm.
15th December, 2011 D-League Acquired by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
16th December, 2011 D-League Waived by Fort Wayne Mad Ants due to injury.
27th December, 2011 D-League Re-acquired by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
27th February, 2012 D-League Waived by Fort Wayne Mad Ants due to injury.
29th October, 2012 D-League Designated as a returning player by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
12th December, 2012 D-League Waived by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
3rd January, 2013 D-League Acquired by Reno Bighorns.
17th January, 2013 D-League Waived by Reno Bighorns.


From blog:


   2010 Summer League Rosters: New Orleans Hornets
2010-07-02

Sean Sonderleiter

Sonderleiter is a D-League veteran with a resumé to match. He played three and a bit seasons at Iowa, with career best averages of 8.4 rebounds and 4.0 rebounds, before quitting the team halfway through his senior season. In a short space of time, Sonderleiter's sister died, he dislocated his shoulder and he was busted for marijuana possession; he left the program in January 2004 and did not return.

Sonderleiter then didn't play again for three and half years, until the summer of 2007, when he appeared in an Australian minor league called the State Basketball League. The SBL is a semi-professional league; nevertheless, Sonderleiter spent a couple of summers down there, averaging 23/10 in 2007 and 24/13 in 2008. A couple of months later, Sonderleiter was drafted 155th (not a typo) in the D-League draft by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the D-League, where he spent much of the 2008-09 season, averaging 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds. This year, he improved those numbers to an average 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. And this has got him into the NBA fold, if only at summer league level.

How did he get from there to here? How did a 29 year old unathletic 6'9 face-up power forward without a three point shot go from three and a half years out of the sport to the NBA summer leagues, via a Western Australian semi-professional league and two years on a D-League bench? I don't know. But I do know that he has a haircut like an anime character.



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