Brazelton Arrives As Petty Leaves Minsk

17 January 2014


11. Tyrone Brazelton (BK Ventspils)
Tyrone Brazelton is no stranger to the EuroChallenge, having previously played int he competition for Latvian side Ventspils

Thursday was a very busy day for the front office of Tsmoki Minsk, as the Belarussian EuroChallenge club completed a swift double move which saw them change players at the point guard spot.

In the early afternoon Minsk announced they had secured the services of Tyrone Brazelton until the end of the running season, and just hours later they confirmed they were parting ways with Parrish Petty by mutual consent.

The 27-year-old Brazelton arrives from Lithuanian club Nevėžis, with whom he averaged 16.8 points, 3 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the domestic league and 14.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists in the BBL Baltic League.

"The main reason [I came to Minsk] is because the team is playing well in the VTB League and the EuroChallenge, so I will get a chance to prove myself at a high level," Brazelton said.

"I've already discussed the basic outline of my role in the team with [Minsk head coach] Donaldas Kairys.

"He has stressed that he expects from me to show leadership and initiative."

The 1.83m Brazelton commenced his professional career in Europe in the 2008/2009 season, by arriving in Latvia from the USA to join another EuroChallenge club, BK Ventspils.

Following a first season in Latvia, he suited up for Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Poland, Eisbären Bremerhaven and Nürnberger in Germany and then for Odessa in Ukraine.

"Last season, I played against [Minsk center] Vincent Hunter in the Ukrainian championship," Brazelton said.

"From the rest of the roster, I also know the about [Keith] Benson and [Demonte] Harper, without having met them personally.

"[As for my strong points] I am fast, I organise the game sensibly and can run the fast break but I also play good defence and give 100% to win."

Minsk meanwhile thanked Petty for his contribution since joining the club in the summer and wished him success in the new stage of his career, at Serie A side Victoria Libertas Pesaro.

Petty, who last played for Minsk in their 100-64 win at Team TEHO Sport Kotka on Tuesday, has already departed for Italy.

The 25-year-old point guard had averaged 11.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in the seven games he played in this season's EuroChallenge.

Brazelton could make his debut with Minsk as soon as Sunday evening, when Minsk play host to VEF Riga in VTB League action.

His first appearance in the EuroChallenge could come on Tuesday, also at home, in the Last 16 Group L clash against Russian side Ural Ekaterinburg.



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