SIG Strasbourg Transfer Watch
Strasbourg's latest signing, albeit initially on a contract that only runs through October 17th, is French international Axel Toupane. The 28-year-old forward, who played during six years for Strasbourg before departing for the Denver Nuggets in 2015, spent the 2019-20 season at Unicaja Malaga. Toupane averaged 6.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in the Spanish Liga Endesa, alongside 9.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in the EuroCup.
The Toupane announcement came a day after the club penned the versatile Bonzie Colson, who can play at both forward positions and is coming off a solid season at Darussafaka. The 24-year-old American averaged 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in the Turkish BSL league, with 10.8 points and 5 rebounds per contest in the EuroCup.
The French club pulled off one of the most surprising trades of the summer by convincing Czech international Jaromir Bohacik to leave ERA Nymburk and play outside his home country for the first time. The 28-year-old swingman averaged 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in the 2019-20 BCL to help Nymburk reach the Final Eight.
🎬 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐮 𝐑𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐮𝐬...— SIG Strasbourg (@sigstrasbourg) July 21, 2020
Rien que pour vous : voici petit mixtape des actions de @JaromirBohacik en #BasketballCL 🔥 Alors qu'en pensez-vous ?👀#gosig @BasketballCL @LesSportsDNA @basketnymburk pic.twitter.com/Z5DFUc5Iwl
The French club had made their recruiting ambitions known already in May by luring Leopold Cavalière away from Pau-Lacq-Orthez, the only club he'd played for since the start of his career. The 24-year-old forward averaged 5.3 points and 4 rebounds with Pau in the 2019-20 BCL Regular Season.
🚨 ALERTE RECRUTEMENT 🚨— SIG Strasbourg (@sigstrasbourg) June 17, 2020
La SIG Strasbourg vous annonce la signature du poste 4/3 Ishmail Wainright en provenance du club allemand @rastavechta. Welcome @Wainright24 ! 😀https://t.co/1ppQvclNXh pic.twitter.com/FrX8WO4FIt
The reds followed up by signing another player with BCL experience in Ishmail Wainwright, who averaged 10.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game for Germany's Rasta Vechta in the Regular Season.
New SIG Sporting Director Nicola Alberani arrived from Scandone Avellino and brought to France a shooting guard he had first-hand experience of, in DeAndre Lansdowne, who averaged 13.3 points and 3 rebounds per game in the Italian Serie A with Brescia.
🚨 ALERTE RECRUTEMENT 🚨— SIG Strasbourg (@sigstrasbourg) June 8, 2020
La SIG Strasbourg est heureuse d’officialiser, ce jour, la signature, pour une saison, de DeAndre Lansdowne (1m88 – 31 ans). Welcome @djlansdowne8 😀https://t.co/IiC7Eg96UD pic.twitter.com/DjBbtJtsGt
Strasbourg also agreed in July a deal with Wes Clark, formerly of Cantú, but decided to rescind the contract following the player's medical exam and went on to sign instead Brandon Jefferson, who was the fifth-leading scorer of the 2019-20 French Jeep Elite league, in his second season at Orleans. The 28-year-old point guard averaged 16.2 points, on 43.6 percent three-point shooting, and 4 assists per game.
The Alsace club also decided to put together a new duo at the 5 spot and penned Frenchman Yannis Morin from Chalons-Reims and Ebuka Izundu, who averaged 4.2 points and 3 rebounds for Real Betis in the Spanish Liga Endesa.