Big man Deshawn Stephens will play in Italy's top division for the first time in his career after signing with Fortitudo Bologna September 18. The seventh-year pro arrives from Israel, where he spent the 2018-2019 season split between Maccabi Rishon LeZion and Hapoel Tel Aviv. In 33 games played total, Stephens averaged 10.3 points an 5.1 rebounds, helping Hapoel Tel Aviv finish their season by advancing to the Winner League playoffs in Israel's top league.
He will join a Fortitudo Bologna team that will be playing in Lega Basket Serie A for the first time since the club was dissolved from competition in 2009. Fortitudo was re-founded in 2013 and has worked their way back into the top tier after winning the Serie A2 league in 2019. The San Diego State product had a career year last time he played in Italy, averaging 16.1 points per game for Cagliari Dinamo Academy in SerieA2 during the 2017-2018 season.
BM Slam Ostrow Wielkopolski in Poland announced their signing of Omar Calhoun September 16. This will be the first time Calhoun will play in Poland after stops in Finland, Italy and Russia as he heads into his fourth season of pro hoops. Last year, the UConn grad started the season by playing briefly with Red October Cantu before spending the majority of the year with BC Spartak Primorye in the Russian Super League 1. There, Calhoun averaged 17.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as his club finished with a 15-15 record and missed out on the league playoffs.
He will join a Slam Stal team that is hoping to return to the glory they reached in 2018 when they advanced to the finals of the EBL championship. Last year they had a respectable season, going 20-10 and advancing to the quarterfinals in the league playoffs.
After three years with Bnei Herzeliya in the Winner League, Jeff Adrien is joining a new team in Israel after signing with Ironi Nahariya Sept. 11. A long-time veteran of the international hoops scene, the 33-year-old big man played for Herzeliya since 2016, averaging 14.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game over the course of his three seasons there. As successful as Adrien was for Herzeliya, the team finished in last place during the 2018-2019 Winner League season and were relegated to the National League, Israel's second division.
He joins a Nahariya team that did not fare much better last season, as they finished one spot above Herzeliya in the Winner League standings with a 10-22 record. However, the addition of Americans Tony Gaffney, Jerel McNeal, Travis Warech and Dominic Waters in addition to Adrien should give the team a boost headed into the upcoming season, which begins in October.
Third-year shooting guard Jaylen Morris will play in Europe for the first time in his career after signing with Aris Thessaloniki in Greece's top division. Morris spent the first two seasons of his career in the United States, where he mostly plied his trade in the NBA G League with a few appearances each season in the NBA. He spent the 2018-2019 season with the Erie BayHawks and the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League, averaging 14.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while also appearing in four NBA games for the Milwaukee Bucks.
He will join a Aris Thessaloniki team that missed out on the A1 League playoffs last season after finishing 8-18 during the regular season. In addition to Morris, the additions of veterans Gary Bell and Gary McGhee should help give a boost a team that last made the playoffs in 2017.
Rookie guard Cameron Young is the newest player for Red October Cantu after signing with the Italian squad September 6. Young blossomed into the 2019 MAAC Player of the Year while playing for Quinnipiac University after arriving at the school via junior college transfer in 2016. He averaged 23.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during his senior season, scoring more than 1,300 points in only two seasons at Quinnipiac.
He joins a Cantu team that narrowly missed out on the Serie A playoffs after finishing with a 16-14 record. After a few lackluster seasons Cantu has reloaded for the 2019-2020 campaign, signing five other Americans this season including Corban Collins, Wes Clark, Jeremiah Wilson, Kevarrius Hayes and Jason Burrell.
Tsmoki-Minsk strengthened its roster with the addition of Maalik Wayns, a 28-year-old point guard who has played abroad since 2015 after starting his career in the United States. Wayns joins the team after splitting the 2018-2019 season between Italy and France, starting with De'Longhi Treviso in Italy's Serie A2 and before moving to Levallois Metropolitans in France's LNB Pro A. Overall, the former Villanova star averaged 9.7 points and 3.1 assists per game, though his minutes and points per game averages dipped after moving to France.
Tsmoki-Minsk will certainly need Wayns to produce immediately as they look to rebound from a disastrous season in the VTB United League, where they finished in last place with a 4-22 record. International hoops veteran Jamar Abrams should also provide a boost for the Belurusian team.
Stacy Davis is the newest player for BC Nokia in Finland after signing with the team August 26. He joins the squad after splitting time last year between Mexico and Slovakia, starting the season with Soles de Mexicali before finishing the year with BC Prievidza. In his third year of pro hoops, the Pepperdine product averaged 15.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for the season, including a 16.6 points per game clip while playing in Slovakia.
Davis will join a Nokia team that slipped into the Korisliiga playoffs last season despite finishing six games under .500 with a 17-23 record - though they did get swept in the first round of the playoffs. Nokia has seen varying levels of success since being promoted to Finland's top division in 2015, with their best finish coming in 2018 when they made the league semifinals.