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Former BYU player Trent Plaisted's basketball journey in Germany ends after team folds

Former BYU big man Trent Plaisted is a basketball player without a team.

The nine-year pro played just 11 games with Phoenix Hagen in the German BBL before the team folded up shop because of financial difficulties.

It was something he wasn't expecting.

"The German league is widely thought to be the most stable so for that to happen in Germany is completely insane," said Plaisted, who signed in Germany because it was a stable place for his family, and a good place to live. "Obviously it didn't work out."

It shouldn't have happened in the first place, according to Plaisted. The team had some issues the season before, but it was believed that everything had been handled by the team and the league.

"There was a massive failure by both the league and the people from the team because there was never enough money to even start signing players this year," said Plaisted. "Let alone some of the guys they signed, like myself."

The government stepped in for three months to try to save the team during which time they tried to find new sponsors and people who could help bail them out.

"They didn't make it, so after the three months it basically got called and everyone was out of a job," said Plaisted.

"They even made us pay for our own flights home."

Going through the ordeal made it hard to get things done on the floor as the team went winless in 11 tries before closing the doors. Through the losing streak, he still came to play on game day as he averaged 10.8 points on 51.6 percent shooting with 7.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 26.1 minutes.

"I wish I could tell you I was super enthusiastic and didn't let it get to me, but that would be a lie," said Plaisted. "I was upset/angry most days, especially when you're practicing in those circumstances. But when the games happen you try to compete just so people know when things get hard you didn't just bail.

"Some days were more successful than others, but I'm glad I at least stuck it out until the end."

Offers to join a new team have already come for Plaisted, who has already played in Italy, Croatia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Turkey, France and Germany, but nothing that has felt right for him and his young family.

If none of the future offers feel good, it might be the end of his road in European basketball.

"It's been a good run so if it did needs to end, it wouldn't be the worst thing."