Asvel brings big man Ali Traore home

Jun 28, 2008 by Print
Ali TraoreAsvel Basket has signed Ali Traore for the upcoming season, bringing the big man back to his boyhood club. Traore (205, 23) arrives from STB Le Havre, where he spent the past two seasons. The Ivory Coast native grew up with Asvel, making his professional debut in 2001 and even making a brief appearance in the Euroleague in 2002. He moved to the United States to play at the College of Southern Idaho in 2004, but soon returned to France and signed for Quimper. He then spent a season with Roanne before joining Le Havre in 2006, with his numbers improving from year to year. Last season he averaged 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game.