7DAYS EuroCup rosters complete after signings deadline

Jan 28, 2020 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
7DAYS EuroCup rosters complete after signings deadline

All the players who might win the 7DAYS EuroCup title this season are accounted with the passing of the roster registration deadline at 18:00 CET on Tuesday. Any new players who might help teams try to survive the second half of the Top 16 and fight through the playoffs for the title had to be registered by that deadline. Several teams made their final moves during the week, adding new players or registering those who had arrived after Top 16 Round 1, when the first signings period finished, only to be re-opened this week until the final deadline on Tuesday.

One top-class player who has been registered before the deadline is former EuroCup MVP Andrew Goudelock, who has been with Umana Reyer Venice for weeks, but got injured and was not available until now. Goudelock started the 2019-20 season with Shangdong Golden Stars, averaging 23.3 points in 19 Chinese League games. He earned EuroCup MVP honors in the 2013-14 season, playing for UNICS Kazan, which he led to the finals. He also took part in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four with Fenerbahce Istanbul in 2015.

In other moves made by Italian teams, Segafredo Virtus Bologna landed swingman Devyn Marble for the remainder of the current season. He played for Virtus's next EuroCup opponent, Dolomiti Energia Trento, in each of the last two campaigns. Marble averaged 8.3 points in 10 EuroCup games with Trento in the 2018-19 season. Germani Brescia Leonessa signed point guard Travis Trice on January 16 but he has not been able to help the team until now. Trice arrived from SIG Strasbourg, where he averaged 11.1 points and 3.6 assists in 16 French League games this season. He has played in Australia, Lebanon and the United States, and could make his EuroCup debut against EWE Baskets Oldenburg this week.

Tofas Bursa brought in Rion Brown on January 10, and although he only becomes eligible to play now, he made last week's road trip to Spain to see his team play against Joventut Badalona. Brown had eight brief Turkish Airlines EuroLeague appearances with Panathinaikos OPAP Athens this season, but averaged 6.3 points, 2.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds in Greek League action. Tofas also registered 18-year-old forward Berkcan Keskeindemir.

Another player that sat out Top 16 Round 3 was center Oliver Stevic of Joventut, who was signed on January 15 and debuted for the team in the Spanish League already. Stevic, however, will not be able to play against Tofas due to injury. Assuming he returns, this would be Stevic's eighth EuroCup campaign; he helped MoraBanc Andorra reach the semifinals last season. Joventut also parted ways with experienced playmaker Nikos Zisis in recent weeks.

Promitheas made the most out of the deadline by inking two players, small forward James Bell and center Marvin Jones. Bell is a former EuroCup champion with Darussafaka Istanbul in the 2017-18 season, and averaged 8.8 points in 17 games. He played for Buducnost VOLI Podgorica in the EuroLeague last season. Jones is set to make his EuroCup debut with Promitheas. He arrives from Krka Novo Mesto and also played for Turkish side Socar Petkimspor during the current campaign. Promitheas parted ways with Octavius Ellis, who joined EuroLeague powerhouse Olympiacos Piraeus, and Gerald Robinson.

Last but not least, UNICS added a final player to its EuroCup roster, none other than small forward Elgin Cook. He arrives from Avtodor Saratov and already played the EuroCup with Cedevita Zagreb in the 2018-19 campaign, averaging 11.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in 16 games.