Casademont Zaragoza Transfer Watch
Casademont Zaragoza parted ways with head coach Porfirio Fisac after two years and handed the reins to Diego Ocampo, an up-and-coming tactician with a proven track record in working with young players, as the club continues along its well-defined route of prioritizing player development.
Ocampo: "La @BasketballCL es una competición muy bonita que ayuda a crecer a todos los niveles"— Casademont Zaragoza (@BasketZaragoza) July 15, 2020
El entrenador de #CasademontZaragoza analizó la importancia de la competición continental durante su presentación#BasketballCL | #MásUnidosQueNunca🦁 pic.twitter.com/NTFuZSATdY
The latest addition to the 2020-21 Zaragoza roster is point guard Luka Rupnik, who started the season at ERA Nymburk and played for the Czech champions at the Final 8 in Athens, where he had 11 points and 5 assists in the Quarter Final against AEK.
The Slovenian international played for Telenet Giants Antwerp in the 2019-20 season and averaged 11.1 points and 3.6 assists per game in the BCL Regular Season for the Belgian team.
The Spanish club's first signing was Rasheed Sulaimon from JDA Dijon, whom Zaragoza faced twice in the 2019-20 BCL Regular Season.
Sulaimon will form a formidable duo at the shooting guard spot with D.J. Seeley who, in an unexpected turn of events, returned to the club after leaving for the US in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Jason Thompson had done likewise but Zaragoza have managed to also agree new terms with the 34-year-old center and bring him back to Aragon. Thompson averaged 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Play-Offs series against Lietkabelis, the only two BCL games he had the chance to play with Zaragoza before the season hiatus.
Zaragoza have also brought back a member of their now famed 'Generación Z' of young players, as Jaime Fernandez ended a two-year stint at Barcelona B to come back home. The Aragon club initially also recuperated Jaime Pradilla, who spent last season on loan at Palencia in the LEB Oro division, but later opted to trade him to Valencia Basket.
Their fellow 'Generación Z' member Carlos Alocén meanwhile will continue his career at Real Madrid, who had acquired the young star in the summer of 2019 but had allowed him to stay on at Zaragoza for another season. Dylan Ennis, who has extended his contract, will move from the shooting guard to the point guard spot to fill in for Alocen.
Zaragoza reinforced their frontcourt by adding Mali international Sagaba Konate. The 24-year-old power forward who played in the G League for a year after graduating from West Virginia, is to get his first experience of European hoops at the Spanish club. Konate averaged 4.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game with the Raptors 905 in the 2019-20 season.
Meanwhile veteran center Fran Vazquez has called day on his illustrious career and Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Radovic departed Zaragoza after two very impactful years to return to UCAM Murcia, his first club in Spain.