Noah Hartsock has been busy online, scouting out what could be his new life.
The recently graduated BYU basketball standout has signed for a team in the top league of Belgium, Generali Okapi Aalstar.
"It's a good team traditionally," Hartsock said. "I don't know a whole bunch except what I've looked up on EuroBasket.com. I feel really good about the possibility and the team."
Hartsock would be expected to report in late August. He said he has a clause in his contract, which is common, that would allow him to escape the contract if a better opportunity arises in the NBA. Right now he's also having his agent pursue any NBA summer league options.
Hartsock worked out for the nearby Utah Jazz on June 16, a memorable opportunity that also came with disappointment.
Hartsock was held out of a few drills because of a surgically repaired ankle that has required rehabilitation since late March. Getting stamina back has been an arduous process after finishing his senior year without a ligament.
He even canceled an anticipated workout at Golden State the following day, opting to beg out rather than risk any of his future by playing two days in a row.
"I was just too sore," Hartsock said.
These days, Hartsock said his ankle continues to get better. He routinely is part of on-campus summer pick-up games with former teammates and various prospects like future Cougars, Nick Emery and T.J. Haws.
Hartsock averaged 16.8 points last winter, leading BYU to the second round of the NCAA Tournament despite being hobbled with a few leg injuries. At 6-foot-8, he has a unique ability by American college standards to be accurate on lengthy outside jump shots, particularly from the baseline.
He'll head to the Ethias League with a few American teammates. The club recently signed former Gonzaga point guard Derek Raivio, who is now 27 years old.
Last year, former UNLV ballhandler Kevin Kruger was part of the team.
He's already found a couple of LDS wards in his area, as Brussels in 30 minutes away, and is expected to have living expenses like an apartment and medical considerations covered.