Players > Retired > Sean Sonderleiter
#34 Sean Sonderleiter
  • Team:
  • Position:
  • Height / Weight:
  • Hand:
  • Birthdate:
  • Country:
  • Drafted (NBA):
  • Out Of:
  • NBA Seasons:
  • Retired
  • Retired after 2013 season
  • PF
  • 6'9" / 235lbs
  • Right
  • 12/17/1980
  • USA
  • Undrafted, 2004
  • Iowa
  • 0
Video
Transactions
DateLeagueTransaction
7th November, 2008D-LeagueDrafted 155th overall in the 2008 D-League Draft by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
2nd January, 2009D-LeagueWaived by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
11th January, 2009D-LeagueRe-acquired by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
4th November, 2009D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
2nd August, 2010GermanySigned a two year contract with ratiopharm Ulm.
27th May, 2011GermanyReleased by ratiopharm Ulm.
15th December, 2011D-LeagueAcquired by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
16th December, 2011D-LeagueWaived by Fort Wayne Mad Ants due to injury.
27th December, 2011D-LeagueRe-acquired by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
27th February, 2012D-LeagueWaived by Fort Wayne Mad Ants due to injury.
29th October, 2012D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
12th December, 2012D-LeagueWaived by Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
3rd January, 2013D-LeagueAcquired by Reno Bighorns.
17th January, 2013D-LeagueWaived by Reno Bighorns.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2000 - 2004Iowa (NCAA)
March 2007 - August 2007Perry Lakes Hawks (Australia, SBL)
March 2008 - August 2008Perry Lakes Hawks (Australia, SBL)
November 2008 - June 2010Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
July 2010New Orleans Hornets (Summer League)
August 2010 - May 2011ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
December 2011 - December 2012Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
January 2013Reno Bighorns (D-League)
Stats
Blog

July 2, 2010

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.

Read More...