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Fortitudo Bologna Transfer Watch

It has been 12 long years since the last time Fortitudo Bologna played in a European competition and the storied club certainly aims to make a big re-entrance.

First, Fortitudo convinced Italian national team head coach Romeo Sacchetti to take the reins of the team, replacing Antimo Martino who spent two seasons at the helm, and then the Bologna club went out and rebuilt their roster, assembling the top-3 scorers of last season's Italian Serie A in the process.


The 'Effe' already had on the team Italian international Pietro Aradori, the league's third-leading scorer, and went on to add the Serie A top scoring duo, in Ethan Happ  and Adrian Banks.

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Happ, a 24-year-old big man who started the 2019-20 at Greek powerhouse Olympiacos, was recruited by Sacchhetti at Cremona midway through the season and averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in the Serie A.

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Banks had yet another impressive campaign with Happy Casa Brindisi averaging a league-best 21.2 points  as well as 4.5 assists per game in the Serie A. Meawhiile the veteran guard averaged 14.8 points and 4 assists per game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season with the  Italian team.


Fortitudo have also signed a duo of American forwards  in Tre’Shaun Fletcher and Todd Withers.

Fletcher started off the 2019-20 season in the G League with the Salt Lake City Stars and later moved to Finland to join Ura Basket and averaged 18 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in the Korisliiga, while Withers averaged 10.7 points in the G League with the Grand Rapids Drive.


The Bologna club strengthened their Italian core by adding big man Leonardo Totè  who made his national team debut under Sacchetti and averaged 9.5 points and 6 rebounds per game in the Serie A with Pesaro last season.

Fortitudo also added two interesting players from the Italian second division in Gherardo Sabatini, who led the Serie A2 in assists last season as he averaged 6.3 assists to go with his 10.7 points per game, and in 19-year-old combo guard Mattia Palumbo.

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On October 30th, Fortitudo penned veteran big man Marco Cusin. The 35-year-old former Italian international spent the 2019-20 season at Juve Caserta, averaging 8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the Serie A2 league.

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A few days later the Bologna blues also reinforced the wing by adding Wesley Saunders, who started the 2020-21 season at Monaco, in the French league, but had worked with coach Sacchetti at Cremona. In his last season in the Serie A with Cremona, the 27-year-old American averaged 14 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.