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Western Kentucky senior guard leaving team to go pro in Europe

Western Kentucky v Kansas

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 22: Kevin Kaspar #1 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers passes against Jeff Withey #5 and Elijah Johnson #15 of the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 22, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Western Kentucky will lose an experienced senior guard at the end of the semester as Kevin Kaspar is planning on playing professionally in Europe after graduating in December.

The 6-foot native of Turkey will return there to try to kickstart his pro career as he’s seen his minutes dwindle as games have started. Kaspar played 21 minutes in the Hilltoppers’ season opener, only to see his minutes go down nearly half in each of the next three games. Finally, against Saint Joseph’s on Saturday, Kaspar didn’t play and he took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce his decision:

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Kaspar was averaging 10 minutes a game and 2 points per game during his senior season. Kaspar averaged at least 15 minutes per game in each of the three previous seasons and was a career reserve for Western Kentucky. This shouldn’t be a major loss for the Hilltoppers, but Kaspar was very experienced.

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