Westporter Hausman set to join professional basketball ranks
Each year the Fairfield County Sports Commission honors a team or individual with its Sports Person of the Year award in all 16 communities that it serves. With plenty of deserving candidates to choose from in Westport, a dynamic former college basketball guard about to embark on a professional journey stood out from the rest.
Bowdoin graduate Lucas Hausman, 23, was the town’s recipient of the award, which is now in its 12th year. Hausman will be recognized at an awards dinner, which takes place October 17 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich.
For Hausman — who played his high school ball at Hopkins, collegiately in Main and will soon play for Basket Villa de Mieres 2012, a professional club in Spain — the award meant a lot to the lifelong Westporter.
“I’m really excited,” Hausman said. “It’s definitely a huge honor and I’m very appreciative. Growing up in Westport, that’s where I started playing basketball. Compo beach is still one of my favorite places to play in the whole world.”
Basket Villa de Mieres 2012 — located near Oviedo in the north of the country — is in the fourth tier of Spanish basketball, which participates in a promotion/relegation system. Whether it is with his current club or in the future, Hausman — who signed a one-year contract in April and will report to the club next month — will have a chance to ply his skills in one of the top basketball countries in the globe.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Bowdoin coach Timothy Gilbride. “I think once he gets there he’s going to do extremely well and could move up divisions. He has good ability to play the game and a passion for it. I think he’ll thrive.”
Hausman finished off a tremendous career with a record-breaking senior season for Bowdoin, who went 12-11 in 2015-16. He was also named First Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors Association
Evolving his game as gained more experience, Hasuman became an all-around threat during his time with the Polar Bears. He improved his three point shooting percentage all four years and averaged 25.3 points per game this season — a school and conference record.
After graduating from Coleytown Middle School, Hausman was slated to enroll at Staples before several basketball friends on the circuit suggested he explore the preparatory route. He fell in love with Hopkins and would graduate from the school in 2012.
Many options were on the plate after a strong junior season with Hopkins, including walking onto a Division I campus or earning a Division II scholarship. Hausman wanted to make an early decision, go to a competitive program with a high academic base and contribute immediately on the court. Bowdoin checked all three boxes.
“My confidence was always there I always knew I could contribute,” Hausman said. “I wanted to play right away in the NESCAC, every year it’s one of the top conferences in all of Division III basketball. It’s super competitive with a lot of good players.”
He did just that for the Polar Bears after riding the pine for the first few games of his college career. His breakout moment came against archrival Bates, when he came off the bench in clutch time to deliver several clutch buckets to give Bowdoin the overtime win.
“I liked his ability to score as a player even coming out of high school,” Gilbride said. “He showed a great knack of hitting pull-up jumpers, and driving and getting to the basket. In addition he came to play; he was someone that enjoyed being on the court.”
Hausman would earn 17 minutes per game as a freshman and sophomore before cracking the starting lineup as a junior. He would eclipse the 1,000-point barrier during his record breaking senior season.
In preparation for the next step, Hausman trained in town with fellow professional hoopster John DiBartolomeo, who plays in Israel for Maccabi Haifa. Hausman said that he learned a lot from the European game from the 25-year-old.
Hausman has also played in the Greater Harford Pro-Am League, a summer league featuring a slew of current and former college and professional players.
He hopes it turns into a long stay in Spain.
“It’s going to be a great experience to get immersed in another community,” Hausman said. “The team has a strong community base, people around them love the sport and follow the team.”