SIG Basket Strasbourg recently announced their signing of forward Devonte Upson. Upson arrives in France from Poland after starting the season with Asseco Arka Gdynia in the Polish EBL. In 30 games played, the fifth-year pro averaged 8.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, which also included competing in the FIBA Europe Cup. After stops in Switzerland, Finland, Estonia China, Argentina and Poland (twice), this will be he first time Upson play in France.
His addition should provide front-court depth to SIG Strasbourg team that is currently on the outside looking in at the LNB Pro A playoffs, as their 9-14 record has them tied for tenth place in the league standings, two games back of a playoff position. The Southeastern Louisiana product joins fellow Americans Scottie Reynolds and Gabe York on the roster.
Olympiacos BC has signed Shaquielle McKissic after McKissic opted out of his contract with Besiktas Sompo Japan on February 1. Greece will be the sixth country the Arizona State product has played in after stops in Italy, South Korea, Spain, Russia and Turkey (where he has been the past two seasons). McKissic played in 30 games for Besiktas this season, averaging 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game across all competitions, including the Basketball Champions League, before opting out of his deal.
Olympiacos is making a playoff push in the Euroleague, currently sitting in eleventh place in the standings with a 10-14 record. McKissic joins Americans Octavius Ellis, Brandon Paul andAugustine Rubit on the team.
Jamelle Hagins is joining a new team in Turkey after signing as the newest player at OGM Ormanspor. Hagins comes to Ormanspor after starting the year with Gaziantep Basketbol, another team in the Turkish Basketball Super League. In 11 games, Hagins averaged 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game which included playing in the Basketball Champions League, last playing for the team on November 20.
The 6'9'' center is leaving one team outside the playoff picture to join another, as he signs with an Ormanspor squad that is closer toward last place than a playoff spot at 4-12. Hagins will join fellow Americans Chris Warren and Ra'shad James on the team.
ESSM Le Portel bolstered its frontcourt with the signing of Kwan Cheatham, a 6'10'' forward in his third year of pro basketball. Cheatham arrives from Bulgaria, where he was averaging a career-high 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for first-placed Levski Lukoil Sofia in Bulgaria's NBL. Prior to that, the University of Akron product spent the first two seasons of his pro career in Belgium with Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen.
Le Portel could certainly use any help they can get, as they sit in last place in France's LNB Pro A standings at 3-14. France's highest division is a big step forward for Cheatham and if he can produce here he might not only save Le Portel from relegation, but also has a chance to make major moves in the international hoops scene. He joins fellow Americans Ousman Krubally, D'Angelo Harrison and Antonio Ballard on the squad.