An intimidating rim protector who can anchor the frontline makes all the players around him look much better. Here are some of the very best the 7DAYS EuroCup has to offer as we enter the 2020-21 season.
Mangok Mathiang, Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana
Olimpija's new big man comes with big credentials. Mangok Mathiang was the top rebounder (10.6 rpg.) and third in blocks (1.4 bpg.) in the Turkish League last season while playing for Bahcesehir College Istanbul and he also led Cremona to the Italian Cup in 2019. Mathiang seems to make a difference wherever he plays and in Ljubljana they certainly expect that to happen again.
Reggie Lynch, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Lokomotiv's new big man, Reggie Lynch, is preceded by his outstanding reputation. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in college in 2016, Lynch is a blocks specialist who averaged 2.6 rejections last season in Italy with Urania Basket Milano. His new club has shown its trust in him with a three-year deal, so expect Lynch to try to rise to the occasion on the first chance he gets.
Alpha Kaba, Nanterre 92
In his two seasons in the EuroCup, Alpha Kaba has been a force in the paint despite playing a reserve role for ASVEL Villeurbanne. He averaged 1.8 blocks in the EuroCup two seasons ago and ranked second in the French League in rebounding (8.6 rpg.) last season and fifth in blocks (1.2 bpg.). Nanterre will give Kaba a big role this time and the big man looks ready to shine.
Jehyve Floyd, Prommitheas Patras
Promitheas Patras brought in another intimidator with Jehyve Floyd, who led the Greek League in blocks last season (2.2 bpg) while playing for Larisa. Floyd is a young big man in just his second season as a pro, and he will be looking to make a major splash in his debut EuroCup campaign.
Ibrahima Fall-Faye, Telenet Giants Antwerp
Telenet Giants Antwerp will have on its side one of the biggest threats in the paint, Ibrahima Fall-Faye. The center had a break-out season in 2018-19 as he was the Belgian League's rebounding leader and a member of the all-defensive team with the Leuven Bears. Last season Fall-Faye led Antwerp to the Belgian Cup and now he is ready to make a statement at the pan-European level.
Moussa Diagne, MoraBanc Andorra
Moussa Diagne is getting ready for the fifth EuroCup season in his career and his fourth in Andorra. In that time, his 27 blocked shots are fifth-most in the competition. Last season Diagne averaged 8.3 points and 4.8 rebounds despite suffering a couple of injuries that cut his season short.
Now, Diagne is ready to be back to show that he can be a dominant leader for Andorra, a team that enters this season with big ambitions.
Mitchell Watt, Umana Reyer Venice
This last summer Mitchell Watt and Umana Reyer extended their relationship and there's a good reason for that. Watt posted 12.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks last season in helping Reyer reach the EuroCup Quarterfinals. Now, he will be back as one of the best big men in the competition trying to take Reyer at least to the same spot it reached last season.
William Mosley, Partizan NIS Belgrade
In his EuroCup debut season with Partizan, William Mosley soon became one of the top players in the paint. Mosley averaged 6.4 points, 5.6 boards and 1.4 blocks in 16 games and was one of the most consistent players on the Belgrade team, despite coming off the bench. His opponents will know what they are up against this new season, but Mosley will try to shine again in a similar role.
Julian Gamble, Virtus Segafredo Bologna
Julian Gamble arrived in Bologna during the summer of 2019 and he started making waves from the get-go in the EuroCup for the Black V. In 16 games last season, Gamble averaged 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks together with 11.4 points, making him the second-best scorer on a team that aimed for the title last year and will have the same goal this campaign.
Vitalis Chikoko, Boulogne Metropolitans 92
Boulogne Metropolitans 92 big man Vitalis Chikoko lands in the 7DAYS EuroCup ready to make an impact from the beginning. Chikoko led the French League in blocked shots last season with 2.0 per game on top of 15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds. It was his fourth season in the league and his numbers have gone up year after year. Already an intimidator in France, expect him to come to the European stage at full throttle.