BOZEMAN — Montana State University men's basketball star Harald Frey is like the rest of us during the COVID-19 pandemic: sitting at home watching television.
“Try to work out where I can, finish my school work," said Frey. "It’s a lot of Netflix going on."
While other players from overseas like Finn Fleute and Borja Fernandez went home to finish out the academic year in their respective countries, Frey chose to stay in Bozeman instead of heading home to Norway.
“Definitely thought about it," said Frey. "This is my last semester here, so I kind of wanted to stay here, finish up in a proper manner and get my bachelor’s degree. I didn’t want to leave prematurely. I guess being able to say bye to friends and stuff over here is important to me."
Frey had little time to think about the cancellation of the MSU season. He recently signed with a professional agency, Dynamics Global Management based out Spain.
“I definitely see myself playing in Spain or generally in Europe," Frey said. "That’s a great possibility and I just think it’s going to be a great partnership for me. It’s a great next step and I’m really really excited."
With an unpredictable future due to the shutdown, Frey’s status of playing professional basketball somewhere is up in the air at the moment.
“For now, (Dynamics Global Management) are kind of out there promoting me, talking to different clubs," said Frey. "In the meantime, I just got to stay ready. I’m excited for it, though. I think I’m open to a lot of things, (playing in) Spain, Germany, maybe Belgium, Italy."
No matter when his career begins at the next level, going pro is a dream come true.
"That’s what I’ve kind of been dreaming about since I was a little kid," said Frey. "I can’t wait to get there and keep working."
As he prepares to depart MSU, he hopes people remember him for being more than a star basketball player.
“That they remember me as the person I am, not necessarily the basketball player," said Frey. "I try to treat everyone the same and hopefully the friendships and relationships I’ve built off the court have been just as important as the basketball I’ve been playing on the court.”