Veteran forward Diamon Simpson is back at Maccabi Rishon LeZion after signing with the Israeli team this week. Simpson is no stranger to the Israeli Winner League, having played for five different teams in Israel throughout his 13-year career. He last played for Rishon LeZion during the 2018-2019 season, where he 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
The St. Mary's product most recently played in Argentina and Puerto Rico, suiting up for Quimsa in Argentina during the 2020-2021 season, and in Puerto Rico this past summer. He joins a Rishon LeZion team that could certainly use a boost after starting off the season with a 1-6 record, and will be one of a number of Americans on the squad.
Veteran forward Quincy Diggs is headed back to Hungary after signing with Soproni KC in the Hungarian Nemzeti Bajnoksag I/A, the country's top league. Diggs started the season with Fribourg Olympic in Switzerland, where he only played in five games (including two games in the Basketball Champions League) before leaving the team earlier this month.
The Akron grad played in Austria during the 2020/2021 season, averaging 14.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game for Redwall Gunners Oberwart. He joins a Soproni team that is off to a middling start to their season, going 2-3 in the first five games.
It's October and overseas basketball is back in full swing, which means it's time to bring back our favorite feature here at Ballers Abroad - Baller of the Week! Each week, we'll take a look around the world and find one of the best performances of the week that you might not have heard about. We're excited to share that our first Baller of the Week takes us to France, where rookie guard Loren Jackson had a big game for Chorale Roanne Basket!
Veteran forward Will Thomas will play in France for the first time in his 13-year career after signing with French power AS Monaco Basket in LNB Pro A. Thomas has played the last two seasons in Russia, playing for Zenit Saint Petersburg in the EuroLeague as well as the VTB United League. During the 2020-2021, he helped Zenit reach the playoffs in both the EuroLeague and the VTB United League, averaging 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game across all competitions.
After two seasons away, veteran power forward Augustine Rubit is returning to Germany after signing with Bundesliga power Bayern Munich. The 32-year-old big man joins Bayern Munich after spending last season in Lithuania with BC Zalgiris Kaunas, where he averaged 7.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the club and helped the team to a 17-17 record in the Euroleague while winning the Lithuanian League championship.
Power forward Dario Hunt will play in Greece for the first time in his career after signing with Promitheas Patras in the Greek Basket League. Hunt joins the team after spending last season in Italy, where he averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna 103 in Lega Basket Serie A.
The Nevada grad will join a Promitheas Patras team that went 16-6 last season and advanced to the semifinals of the Greek Basket League playoffs, losing 3-2 to Lavrio BC. He will join fellow Americans Abdul Gaddy, Jerai Grant and Kendrick Ray on the squad.