By Will Hammock
Robby Bostain can't really be called a world traveler, not when his only trip abroad was to Canada.
That's about to change.
The Brookwood grad signed a pro basketball contract last Sunday with Landstede Zwolle, a first division team in the Netherlands. He leaves Monday to prepare for the season opener in October. The season won't end until April at the earliest, so he has plenty of time to see Europe and soak up the Dutch culture.
For now, he's set on learning more about Dutch words, other than they're long.
"I don't speak any Dutch so I guess I need to go buy a book," said Bostain, who completed a four-year career at Furman earlier this year. "Everything they've sent me has been in Dutch so I can't read it. My airline ticket's in Dutch."
The 6-foot-6 Bostain averaged 12.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a Furman senior. He left with a few pro basketball options and also considered two offers from German teams before deciding on Landstede.
His new club, which pays him $1,800 a month and puts him up in a furnished apartment, is located in Zwolle, a city of roughly 115,000 that is 75 miles northeast of Amsterdam.
He joins two other Americans on the roster, one is a Furman teammate and the other is former Georgia Bulldog Steve Newman.
"One of my teammates played (at Landstede) in the past and he told me a little bit about it," said Bostain, the Daily Post's Player of the Year as a Brookwood senior in 2002. "So I know a little about what to expect, but I haven't been over for a visit."
As is the case with most European pro contracts for Americans, Bostain's deal is for one year. He isn't sure what to expect, but he's eager to test himself in European basketball.
"I'm pretty excited," he said. "I'm kind of nervous, anxious. We'll see. It's starting to hit me that I'll be over there for awhile."