Transfer Report - Gameday 7
MIES (Switzerland) - Finding it hard to keep up with the ever-changing rosters of the Basketball Champions League? Well, worry you not, the Transfer Report is a one-stop-shop for all of the BCL's confirmed signings, and even the odd rumor or soon-to-be-announced arrival. To play on Gameday 7, players needed to be registered with the hard-working people in the FIBA House of Basketball by close of play on Monday (yesterday).
The following are registered and confirmed incomings and outgoings ahead of Gameday 6.
Jordan Davis, PG, 22 years, 6'2" (1.88m) 🛬 Rasta Vechta
The club said: "RASTA Vechta have struck again in the transfer market and added Jordan Davis to the squad. The US-American Guard most recently played for BAXI Manresa in the Spanish ACB and also in the Basketball Champions League. The 22-year-old has signed a contract with RASTA until the end of the season and is now allowed to play with jersey #1 for the Vechta team."
Coach Pedro Calles said: "We hope that his quickness and athleticism will help us to progress at both ends of the court. Jordan can set accents in the offense, i.e. score points, he showed that in college. We will now try to integrate him into the team and our playing style as quickly as possible."
Jordan Davis said: "I know from the easyCredit Basketball Bundesliga that they play fast and physically. I want to get into the team quickly now and do my part to ensure that RASTA can continue to win games. In any case, I will give everything for every game."
"Circumstances made me what I am, and everyone should know..." or so go the lyrics to the appropriately named Buju Banton song, which is relevant because Jordan Davis has just signed with RASTA Vechta and Buju is, well, Buju. It's also relevant because circumstances absolutely do make you what you are when it comes to basketball ( the relevance ends here, we are not suggesting the rest of that song applies to Jordan or Vechta).
The talent is clearly there for Jordan Davis. As Coach Calles said, he has the ability to set accents on the offensive end. Sometimes all it takes is a change in environment and a little time.
Scottie Reynolds, PG, 32 years, 6'2" (1.88m) 🛬 SIG Strasbourg
The club said: "Seeking a playmaker to strengthen the back lines but also bringing experience alongside Travis Trice, SIG Strasbourg officializes the signing of the American leader Scottie Reynolds (32 years - 1m88) until the end of the season."
Scottie Reynolds said: "It may surprise some, but I know this club. I already played against you, but there is also coach Lassi here. We met in Besiktas. I know his vision of basketball, I know what he wants from players. I liked working with him. We have been in touch since that time. And in addition, you have the coach of the France team as Head Coach. With the reputation he has in Europe, I saw a big opportunity to learn from him. Finally, beyond that, I wanted to play in France for a few years now. I had other opportunities before but it never materialized."
Scottie actually said a lot more than that, you can read it all here.
This one is all about balance and leadership. With Gabe York and Travis Trice that SIG backcourt certainly didn't lack talent but something just wasn't clicking. Since arriving Reynolds has played 3 games in the Jeep Elite. He has averaged 7 assists per game in those 3 games. Vincent Collet's men have won all three. So far, so good and balance looks to be established. If the winning streak continues into the BCL and Reynolds continues dishing out this many assists in Europe as well, this could be the transfer of the season.
Oliver Stevic, PF, 35 years, 6'9" (2.06m) 🛬 San Pablo Burgos
The club said: "Oliver Stevic (01/18/1984, Belgrade, Serbia) joins the staff of San Pablo Burgos with a temporary contract that will link the player with the Burgos team until January 11, 2020. Once this union is over, the club reserves the option to extend the contract with the pivot until the end of this season.
The Serbian has extensive experience in various European teams: Slask Wroclaw, KK Crvena Zvezda, EWE Baskets Oldenburg, Novipiu Casale Monferrato, Stelmet Zielona Gora, with whom he not only participated in domestic competitions but also in continental tournaments."
Albano Martínez (Sports Director) said: "It has been a lightning signing, in which Stevic has put a lot on his side. He is a pivot who can alternate between the positions of four and five and arrives to contribute much in defense and rebounding."
Oliver Stevic said: "I am very happy for this opportunity to wear the shirt of San Pablo Burgos. I can help on the court and in the dressing room with experience. We all know that what is done on the court is fundamental, but the most important thing is chemistry in the locker room and I'm sure I can help a lot in that."
With Burgos motoring along nicely in the ACB but probably a little disappointed to only be 3-3 in the BCL, injury problems in the frontcourt were far from what was needed. Roster depth matters when you play twice a week and Burgos are clearly big on their bigs. Stevic brings experience and the ability to sure things up on court without upsetting the balance in the locker room. In the world of pro sports, those are exactly the kind of attributes that can keep you employed.
Ekene Ibekwe, PF, 34 years, 6'9" (2.06m) 🛬 EB Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Laurent Vila said: "We need density inside, it will not be Nicolas De Jong or his copy, it does not exist but it will be a player who will have skills for Jeepelite. A player in our league or who will have something to give to the team in Jeep ELITE confrontations."
The club said: "Based on these criteria, the Béarnais have set their sights on the very experienced American-Nigerian pivot Ekene Ibekwe (34 years old, 2.07m): everything but a stranger in France, who has successively evolved to the Elan Chalon, the CCRB, then Levallois since 2016. Ekene Ibekwe is distinguished by his defensive qualities but also has good hands. Over the course of his rich career, the player trained at the University of Maryland and has had the opportunity to travel extensively; Turkey, Israel, Germany, Spain but also New Zealand, Russia, Puerto Rico, and Lebanon. No doubt a player with such a pedigree, should not take much time to integrate within the collective of Pau."
Pau can't catch a break in their frontcourt. First the injury to Nicolas De Jong who was flying, and now Cheikh Mbodj suffers a double fracture after an altercation in the Jeep Elite. Ibekwe is very much a plug-in-and-play option to bring in at this stage of the season and hopefully helps them continue the momentum that was building since the arrival of Justin Dentmon.
Kendrick Brown 🛫 BC Lietkabelis
Ludovic Beyhurst 🛫 SIG Strasbourg (on loan to Limoges)
Bogdan Radosavljevic 🛫 Happy Casa Brindisi
Ivan Almeida 🛫 ERA Nymburk
Oooh, Saucey... We take no responsibility for these rumors. We are not guaranteeing they will happen. Please don't get upset if they do happen, please don't get upset if they don't.
Angel Delgado, C, 25 years, 6'10" (2.08m) 🛬 Unet Holon.
Angel Delgado signs with Hapoel Holon https://t.co/eu2epi20C1— Sportando (@Sportando) December 2, 2019
Unconfirmed by the club as yet but certainly one that could be a lot of fun. One of the BCL's most potent offenses adding a 6'10" center that average 15.5 points in the G League, sounds like a winner to us.