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Wed, Jul. 26, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.—Jeroen de Baat has agreed to terms to become the new man in the middle for a top level professional team in his home country of Holland.  

After arriving at RC in 2012 and spending the next 5 years as a Warrior, de Baat will return to where it all began and put on a uniform in his home city for the Rotterdam Challengers. Before arriving in Michigan, de Baat played for the Rotterdam youth program under current Rotterdam Challenger head coach Armand Salomon.

Jeroen grew into an integral role within the Warriors line up over time. "Rone is the best big man defensively we've had in our program in decades," Rochester College Men's Head Basketball Coach Klint Pleasant said.  "His ability to guard ball screen action on the perimeter helped us win over 100 games in his 4 year career.  He will go down as arguably the best shot blocker in our program's history."

Coach Salomon was excited with his acquisition for the team. He became enthusiastic after hearing from Coach Pleasant. "Klint Pleasant is very praising about Jeroen's possibilities," says Salomon. "He said, among other things about him, 'Rone is the best big man defensively we've had in our program for decades. He is our all-time shots blocked leader'. That's all I needed to hear," Salomon added.

"He was a leader and an all-around asset to our program on and off the court," said Pleasant. "Rone left his mark on our program and will missed for years to come." 

Through the course of de Baat's career, he averaged nearly 5 points per game while shooting 62% from the field and totaling over 130 blocks (1.2 per game) over the course of his 4 year playing career.