08 October, 2019
03 May, 2020
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Brose Bamberg Transfer Watch

Bamberg embarked on an almost complete overhaul this summer, as they already parted ways with no less than seven members of their 2019-20 roster, as well as with head coach Roel Moors.

The Bavarian club handed the reins to another young tactician, 39-year-old Johan Roijakkers, who turned heads with his work at fellow German side Goettingen last season.

Point guard Bennet Hundt and shooting guard Dominic Lockhart have followed the Dutch coach on the trip from Goettingen to Bamberg.

The reds further boosted their backcourt by luring 26-year-old Kenneth Ogbe away from Berlin, after the shooting guard helped Alba conquer the German league title in the season-ending tournament in June.

Bamberg have of course shown this summer a clear preference towards recruiting players with recent experience from the German easyCredit BBL so their next move was a one-two punch signing of guards Gerry Blakes and Tyler Larson, who coincided at EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the 2019-20 season.

Larson joined Oldenburg in November from French side Boulazac and averaged 13.3 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 boards per game in the easyCredit BBL. By contrast, Blakes started the season at Oldenburg, averaging 10.4 points and 2.1 assists in the BBL, and then joined Strasbourg but only got to play one game with the French side due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The latest additions to the overhauled Bamberg roster came in the form of players with previous experience in the BCL, in Michele Vitali,  Chase Fieler and David Kravish.

Vitali spent the 2019-20 season with Dinamo Sassari and averaged 8.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in the BCL with 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the Italian Serie A.

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Fieler, who played in the BCL with Filou Oostende in back-to-back campaigns from 2017 through 2019, spent last season at Promitheas averaging 8.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in the Greek A1 league.

Meanwhile Kravish played in 2019-20 for Spanish side BAXI Manresa, averaging 10 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in the BCL with 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in the Liga Endesa.