Transfer watch: The return of a runaway Tiger
MIES (Switzerland) - Hapoel Holon did not have the busiest of off-seasons, but it was a productive one. The front office kept the core together, while adding a fan favorite who was in MVP conversations just over a year ago, while he was a part of the Tigers.
On the other hand, a legend like Guy Pnini left the team, while important rotational pieces such as Michale Kyser, Tyrus McGee, Steve Zack, Adam Smith and Rafi Menco were also on the move.
With Joe Ragland, Chris Johnson, Frederic Bourdillon and Hayden Dalton staying put, and Niv Misgav finally being back to full fitness, Holon have a rock solid foundation. The biggest arrival is the one of C.J. Harris.
The 31-year-old shooting guard played the best basketball of his career with Holon back in 2020-21, averaging 15.0 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 47-40-81 shooting percentages in the Israeli League, and he was in serious MVP consideration in the BCL with 17.5 points, 4.4 assists and 47-43-79 shooting percentages.
Harris played the NCAA with Wake Forest, then started his professional career in Germany with Ludwigsburg and Ulm. He then went to Latvia, Poland, Turkey, France and Israel, and spent the last season in Bourg. A fan favorite in Holon, Harris will have zero issues fitting in with Guy Goodes' system.
Even without Kyser and Zack, Holon fans will enjoy plenty of dunks next season. Having Marvin Jones and Kenny Kadji in the middle means Joe Ragland and his backcourt partners have perfect alley-oop targets.
Both are seven-footers, Jones played for PAOK mateco last season, with 15.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in Greece, while also having one of the biggest blocks of the season in the BCL, which led to PAOK advancing to the next round and ending ERA Nymburk's season early on.
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Kadji meanwhile played the BCL with Turk Telekom back in 2019-20, so he's no stranger to this League. At 34, he has loads of experience from all over the continent, playing for teams in Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Turkey, Spain and France.
He spent the last season with Gravelines, getting 11.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in the LNB Pro A. Kadji averaged double digits throughout his career, all while shooting close to 50 percent from the field and over 30 percent from deep.
Another new arrival is Shawn Dawson. The 28-year-old Israeli forward played the very first BCL season with Maccabi Rishon Lezion, which is where he spent the first five seasons of his professional career. He then moved to Bnei Herzliya, before moving to Joventut Badalona in Spain.
After a fine first season with 12 points per game in Liga Endesa, Dawson missed the entire 2019-20 campaign due to an injury, and found himself back in Bnei last season, leading the team to the Israeli League finals and BCL Qualification.
Shawn Dawson has returned to the Basketball Champions League signing for @HapoelHolonBC Welcome back to the @BasketballCL haver sheli @ShawnDawson8 💜💛💜💛#BasketballCL #YallaHolonia pic.twitter.com/KufRtDuuqQ— Josh Bett 🏀🎙 (@JoshBett1) July 5, 2022
Hapoel will play in Regular Season Group C, alongside Filou Oostende, Galatasaray Nef and Legia Warszawa.