Canisius redshirt sophomore Kevin Bleeker averaged 8.0 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game for the Netherlands in the FIBA U20 European Men’s Division B Championship, which was held July 12-21, in Pitesti, Romania. The Netherlands went 2-3 in pool play and ended the tournament in eighth-place overall.
The 6-foot-10, 225-pound center shot 47.8 percent from the field and 70.6 percent from the free throw line to go with 1.3 blocks and 1.3 assists per game in seven contests. He was credited with a double-double in the Netherland’s loss to Romania when he scored 10 points to go with 13 boards in 31 minutes. He ranked 11th in the tournament with his 8.1 rebounds per game and he finished the event ranked sixth in blocks per game. His nine total blocks led all players on the Netherlands’ roster.
Bleeker opted to redshirt during the 2012-13 season and did not participate in any games. He was able to practice with the team, however. In his freshman season of 2011-12, the Alkmaar, Netherlands native played in 30 games and averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 boards per contest. He scored a career-high 18 points in the Golden Griffins’ win at South Dakota Dec. 18, 2011, and he also recorded 10 rebounds in that game for his first collegiate double-double.Bleeker will return to the Griffs’ active roster for the 2013-14 campaign. Canisius went 20-14 overall and 11-7 in MAAC play last year, which saw the program earn a berth to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, the Blue and Gold’s first postseason appearance since 1996.