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David Knowles ’07: From Sagehen to Wolfenbüttel Duke

David KnowlesDavid Knowles ’07 has signed with the Wolfenbüttel Dukes to play professional basketball in Germany’s Second Division Pro B league. Currently, the Dukes are in pre-season training and Knowles, who will play point guard, is looking forward to the team’s first game on September 30.

“Playing pro ball here in Germany is great because in this particular city and area it is basketball that is more popular than even soccer,” Knowles said. Wolfenbüttel is located in north central Germany, approximately fifty miles east of Hanover and two hours west of Berlin.

Knowles is grateful for the opportunity he had to play on the Pitzer-Pomona basketball team and believes that this experience greatly prepared him for a professional basketball career after college. “Having a chance to be guided by Head Coach Charles Katsiaficas changed my perspective on the game and made me a better player and potential coach myself,” he stated. Knowles, who was named team MVP, received the Judi and Frank Fenton Athletic Leadership Award this spring and previously received the 2005-06 Daley Athletic Achievement Award.

A Political Studies major and sociology minor, Knowles notes that his Pitzer College education provided him with a “level-headed” perspective by which to approach his experience abroad. “I believe Pitzer has stirred in me a desire to take advantage of this situation by learning as much as possible—soaking up the cultural experience and using it all to further myself and my ability to contribute positively to our global society,” he continued.

Since graduating in the spring, Knowles already misses the overall campus life at Pitzer and hopes to return and see the new eco-friendly residence halls. “The best part of a Pitzer education is that the student-professor relationships are like no other, especially as you choose your field of major,” he recalled. “While at Pitzer you are strongly encouraged to pursue just about any personal academic interest that you can imagine.”

Knowles’ current career goal is to continue playing basketball for as long as possible and to learn foreign languages. Eventually, he would like to coach basketball or start his own sports agency or management group made up of friends and fellow 5C graduates.

—Emily Cavalcant