Only one-third of the 12-man roster is back from last season's squad, which made history by reaching the 7DAYS EuroCup Semifinals. However, in rebuilding management saught players with experience who can make an immediate impact. Half of the newcomers have previous EuroCup experience, including center Dejan Musli, who lifted the EuroCup crown with Unicaja Malaga in 2017. Veteran Clevin Hannah, Frantz Massenat and Jeremy Senglin will play key roles in the backcourt and all will take part in ball-handling duties. Swingman Dejan Todorovic joins them on the perimeter, while Nacho Llovet, Tyson Perez and Bandja Sy join Musli in giving MoraBanc a new look in the paint.
The well-traveled Clevin Hannah will make MoraBanc his fifth different club in the Spanish League and his experience and playmaking duties will be key to how the team comes together. Jeremy Senglin will share some of the ball-handling duties, but he is more of a combo-guard with excellent scoring skills, including an accurate hand from behind the arc. David Jelinek is a streaky scorer, who at his best can light up the court. Frantz Massenat, who arrives from three seasons with EWE Baskets Oldenburg, will make his EuroCup debut and will have the green light from downtown. Dejan Todorovic averaged 13.5 points in his last EuroCup season, two years ago with RETAbet Bilbao. Injuries kept swingman David Walker from unleashing all of his talents last season. Now in his fourth season with the club, his all-around game and basketball smarts are important to the puzzle. MoraBanc native Guillem Colom is also in his fourth season with the club and adds depth on the wings.
Three different players with different playing styles will divvy up the playing time at power forward. Bandja Sy is the senior-most of them; a stretch-'4' with great athleticism, Sy can change a game by himself. The rugged Nacho Llovet is a strong rebounder and efficient scorer in the paint. he will make his EuroCup debut this season. There has been a lot of buzz around Tyson Perez, the MVP of the Spanish second division last season. He may prove to be a steal for the club. Dejan Musli, an All-EuroCup center in 2016-17, is a force in the paint in the prime of his career. He can be counted on to crash the boards and dunk with authority when given the chance, too. Moussa Diagne can split time with Musli to make them both more effective. He is more of a rim protector too. Few teams can get 40 minutes of quality from the center spot the way MoraBanc can.
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Coach Navarro sent his team to fire up three-pointers freely last season and the team boasts a roster that should do the same in 2019-20. Its top player on the squad was Andrew Albicy and Hannah is the man charged with filling that role. Hannah will be asked to create space and find the open man both in the paint and on the perimeter. The veteran point guard will also shoot from downtown when open. Hannah can do it all and is the extension of his coach on the floor. Just as important as his basketball skills will be his leadership and experience. If MoraBanc can match last season's success, Hannah will surely be the main reason for that.
MoraBanc is almost starting from scratch this season with a new-look roster, however, the fans and organization have an appearance in the EuroCup Semifinals in their collective memory. That feat is not easy to match, but with the quality and experience of the new guys, MoraBanc is aiming high. It will be tough in the beginning as the rotation comes together. The initial goals must be modest; after all, the one-game-at-a-time approach was what got the team that far. MoraBanc has the talent to challenge for the Top 16 and if it all comes together, the team can dream big from there.