|08 July 2014|
|Dashaun Wood has previously played in the EuroChallenge with D. Bank Skyliners|
EuroChallenge 2014/15 participants are fully immersed in the process of shaping their rosters for the upcoming season, with Tofas Bursa the latest to make a significant addition to their backcourt.
The Turkish side announced on Monday they had penned a two-year deal with experienced point guard DaShaun Wood, who arrives from another club that will compete in the EuroChallenge in the new year.
The 29-year-old American spent last season with French side Le Mans and was instrumental in their successful campaign, which included a third-place in the regular season of the Pro A.
Wood averaged 14.1 points and 4.1 assists per game in the regular season and raised his contribution to 15 points and 4.5 assist per contest in the play-offs, albeit Le Mans' post-season campaign was limited since they exited in the first round.
The veteran guard has had a long career in Europe, since arriving on this side of the Atlantic to join storied Italian club Pallacanestro Cantu in 2007.
He went on to play for Benetton Treviso and then moved to Germany to join the Frankfurt Skyliners.
In Frankfurt he had one of the most brilliant seasons in his career, as he was named MVP of the BEKO Bundesliga in 2011.
Wood then spent the next two years in Berlin playing for German powerhouse Alba, before signing for Le Mans last summer.
Joining Wood in the new-look Tofas backcourt next season will be an up-and-coming Turkish star, Tayfun Erülkü.
The young shooting guard, who represents his country at the U20 European Championship starting on Tuesday, signed a three-year contract with the Bursa club last Friday.
|Former NBA champion Rodrigue Beaubois has signed to play for Le Mans|
Erülkü, who grew up within the Anadolu Efes youth system, had spent last season at Mersin and averaged 3.4 points and one rebound per game in the Turkish BEKO TBL league.
Tofas have also announced that they agreed a two-year contract extension with another young Turkish international, their promising 21-year-old power forward Samet Geyik.
Le Mans from their part are every day stepping closer to securing an excellent addition to counterbalance the departure of Wood.
The French club have convinced former NBA champion (with the Dallas Mavericks) Rodrigue Beaubois to return back home but their agreement has a clause that allows the point guard to leave if an offer arrives from the NBA by 25 July.
Beaubois joined Belgian club Charleroi midway through the last season and averaged 9.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in the Ethias League.
Meanwhile fellow French club JSF Nanterre, who will compete in the EuroChallenge for the first time this season, have penned British forward Laurence Ekperigin.
Ekperigin played for Poitiers last season, averaging 13 points, 9.3 rebounds and two assists in the Pro B League (second division)
Nanterre consider that this addition completes their frontcourt, which also includes Kyle Weems, Jo Passave-Ducteil and young French star Mouhammadou Jaiteh.
The Paris club had previously agreed to terms with veteran French guard and former international Joseph Gomis, who arrives at Nanterre as Pro A champion.
Gomis, who was the captain of Limoges during the campaign that showed them return to the top of the French league, averaged 4.7 points, and 1.9 assists per game.
A EuroChallege club that considers no further moves in the transfer market are necessary and are happy they have completed their roster, are the Port of Antwerp Giants.
American center Kirk Archibeque has been the latest arrival at the Belgian club.
Archibeque spent last season at Rosa Radom and averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds in the Polish Tauron TBL league.
Antwerp had previously added four more new players to their roster, in Thomas De Thaey, Brandon Ubel, Kyle Fogg and Jordan Calahan.