French EuroChallenge Teams Hard At Work

30 June 2012

EUROCHALLENGE 2012/13

Four clubs in total will represent France in the 2012/13 EuroChallenge Regular Season.

Although the French Pro A league ended as late as June, the teams are already busy on the transfer market.

Antoine Diot - France
Antoine Diot starts a comeback with Paris Levallois after missing last season due to back injury woes.

DIOT PENS DEAL WITH PARIS

Paris Levallois have added valuable experience to their roster by signing Maleye NDoye and John Cox.

NDoye, a 2.02 m small forward from Senegal, has spent the previous eight years playing in Europe, including seven seasons in the French top-flight.

Cox is also facing his eighth campaign in France. The 31-year-old combo guard was one of the key players for Le Havre in the past two seasons.

At Paris he is to replace the team's top scorer, Eric Chatfield.

The most prominent acquisition for Paris, though, might be French international Antoine Diot.

Sidelined with a back injury, the 23-year-old only played four games for Le Mans in the past Pro A season.

The 1.93 m guard participated in six European youth championships from 2004-2009 and was a member of the French team at EuroBasket 2009.

With France he was crowned champion at the 2004 U16 European Championship and 2006 U18 European Championship respectively.

In another deal, 21-year-old guard Malela Mutuale has been loaned to JDA Dijon

 

TWO ADDITIONS FOR SLUC NANCY

SLUC Nancy have announced their first two signings for the 2012-13 season.

Nicholas Pope and Marcellus Sommerville have both penned deals with the club.

Pope, a 1.98 m swingman and alumni of the University of Georgia, started his professional career in 2008 when he joined ALM Évreux Basket in French second division Pro B.

Pope spent the last three season in France's Pro A, playing for BCM Gravelines Dunkerque (2009-10) and STB Le Havre (2010-12).

Last season, the 28-year-old averaged 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds and was called to the French All Star Game for the first time.

30-year-old Sommerville has plenty of experience in the Pro A as Nancy is already his eighth destination in France.

The 2.00 m forward, who averaged 12.7 points and 5.8 rebounds last season at Le Mans, has signed a two-year contract.

 

12. Sarra Camara (France)
Gravelines head coach Christian Monschau expects big things from new center Sarra Camara.

CAMARA HEADED TO GRAVELINES

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque have signed Ousmane Sarra Camara to a three-year-contract.

The 2.04 m big man was a member of the French U20 team that won the silver medal at the 2009 European Championship.

Last season he averaged 5.7 points and 6.4 rebounds for Le Havre.

Gravelines head coach Christian Monschau is happy with the latest addition.

"Camara brings a lot of intensity. Last season was his first real season as a professional and his performances have been very promising," Monschau said on the club's website.

"We now hope to help him develop into one of the best players, if not the best French player on his position."

Camara is replacing Dounia Issa who, after two seasons with the club, is headed to 2012 league finalists Le Mans.

 

DIJON SIGN MUTUALE AND RILEY

The fourth French team in the upcoming EuroChallenge season, JDA Dijon, have announced their first roster changes at a press conference.

Apart from getting Paris' Mutuale on loan, the club has extended their contract with Jérémy Leloup and has agreed terms with Mykal Riley.

Riley, a 1.98 m swingman from the USA, is joining Dijon from fellow French club Nanterre, where he averaged 11.4 points and 4.7 rebounds last year.


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