|02 July 2012|
|After a great season at Gravelines, France international Andrew Albicy has decided to consider options abroad|
EuroChallenge side BCM Gravelines Dunkerque will need to undergo a careful reconstruction process this summer is they are to avoid a winter of discontent further ahead.
At this point, the only certainty is that their 2012/13 roster will bear little resemblance to the team that surprised many by finishing first in the 2011/12 French Pro A Regular Season.
Gravelines then did not follow up with an equally succesful display in the play-offs, falling to Cholet in the Quarter-Finals.
The most prominent change will be the absence of Andrew Albicy at the point guard position.
The exciting young French international was the driving force behind Gravelines's surge to the top.
He lead the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game, assists (4.1 apg) and steals (2.5 per contest) in the Pro A.
Albicy took the option to pay the buy-out clause on his contract by 30 June and is reported to be in talks with clubs in Spain and Italy.
The backcourt is probably where Gravelines fans will see most of the new faces next season, and not only because of Albicy's departure.
The club has not extended the contract of guard Yannick Bokolo, who spent the last four years at Gravelines.
The finest moment of the 27-year-old veteran came in 2009, when the played with France at the EuroBasket in Poland.
|Gravelines can count with the highly experienced forward Cyril Akpomedah, who is entering his fifth season at the club|
He was then on the Gravelines sides that competed in both the 2010 and 2011 EuroChallenge.
The contract of guard/forward Rudy Jomby, who contributed 9.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season, has also expired and he has joined French rivals Cholet.
Two more wing players, Pape Sy and Dounia Issa, have also parted ways with the club.
Gravelines however has already made a first step in replacing its weakened backline, by signing point guard Aldo Curti.
The former France international, who featured in the 2010/11 season with Orleans, played last year with Limoges in the Pro B and helped the historic club earn promotion to the French top flight.
Gravelines have also signed forward/center Ousmane Camara from Le Havre and managed to secure the services of promising 24-year-old center Ludovic Vaty for another season.
Abdoulaye Loum and veteran forward Cyril Akpomedah and will also be returning for the new season, while the club might also retain the American duo of Juby Johnson and J.K. Edwards.