Myles Stephens made a big step in his career for next season after signing with Finnish power Salon Vilpas Vikings. Stephens played his rookie season in Germany's Pro B Division, putting up 21.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for EWE Baskets Oldenburg's affiliate team. The Princeton graduate is no stranger to being a go-to player on his teams, having been named to the All-Ivy League First Team twice in his collegiate career. Korisliiga represents the next step as the 2017 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year continues to prove himself in Europe.
He will join one of the best teams in Finland in Vilpas, who will be coming off a stellar regular season where they sported a 30-6 record, good for a tie for the top spot in the Korisliiga standings. The Vikings have also retained Jeremiah Wood for next season as they continue to load up their roster with other players for the chance to finally secure their first Korisliiga title.
Kasey Shepherd will play in Russia for the first time in his career after signing with Nizhny Novgorod in the VTB United League, per Sportando and other outlets. Shepherd will join the team for next season after the current season in Russia was canceled March 27 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Louisiana-Lafayette product comes to Nizhny from Ukraine, where he spent this past season with Kyiv Basket.
Shepherd averaged 13.5 points, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game across all competitions, which included competing in the FIBA Europe Cup, as he helped lead Kyiv to a runner-up position in the Ukranian Basketball Superleague with a 17-6 record. He joins a Novgorod team that was only a game out of a playoff spot when the season was canceled, going 7-11 during the shortened season. Shepherd has also played hoops in Hungary and Montenegro.
Maccabi Haifa have announced their signing of two more players for the resumption of the Israeli Winner League season, adding Americans Andrew Andrews and Anthony Fisher to its roster to help Haifa finish their season.Andrews is coming off a career year in Turkey, averaging 20.8 points and 4.5 assists per game for Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece in the Turkish Basketball Super League in his fourth year of pro basketball.
After a solid rookie year with CEZ Nymburk, Zach Hankins will finish the season in Israel after signing with Maccabi Rishon LeZion for the rest of the 2019-2020 season. The center out of Xavier joins the growing list of Americans being signed by Israeli teams ahead of the Winner League season's resumption in June.
Hankins had a very productive year in his first season as a pro, averaging 12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, including an impressive 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game clip in the Basketball Champions League. For his efforts, Hankins was named the League Defensive Player of the year in Czechia. He'll join a LeZion team that sits comfortably in third place in the Winner League standings with a 13-8 record.
After a superb season Australia, Cameron Oliver is headed to Israel after signing with Ironi Nes Ziona. The third-year pro will finish out the season with the Israeli side after playing a full season with Cairns Taipans in Australia's National Basketball League. Oliver averaged 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as he helped lead the Taipans to a 16-12 record and a berth in the semifinals of the NBL playoffs. For his efforts, he was also named to the All-NBL Second Team.
This is Oliver's first season playing abroad, having spent his first two years cycling between multiple NBA and NBA G League teams, most recently with the Delaware Blue Coats from 2018-2019. He will join a Ironi Nes Ziona team that will look to improve its playoff standings when league play resumes in June, as the squad currently sits in sixth place with a 10-11 record.
Israeli team Hapoel Gilboa Galil has signed American swingman Tim Coleman through the end of the season. Coleman arrives from Finland, where the third-year pro played this season for Salon Vilpas Vikings before games stopped in Finland on March 13 before the season was later canceled.
Coleman had a fantastic season for Vilpas, leading the team to first place in the league standings with a 30-6 record while averaging 19.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game and being named the Korisliiga Player of the Year by Eurobasket.com. Playing in Israel will continue the meteoric rise that the NJIT product has had since starting his career in Luxembourg three seasons ago. He will join a Gilboa Galil team that will be in the thick of the playoff race when the league resumes in June. The team currently sits in seventh place in the league standings with a 9-12 record.
The Turkish Basketball Federation, which governs the domestic leagues in the country in addition to the national teams, has announced it will be canceling the Basketball Super League and the Turkish Basketball League, the top two men's basketball leagues in the country. No champion will be named for either league, and the final rankings and standings will be revealed at a later date. It's been noted by the federation that promotion and relegation will not be pursued in advance of next season.
The domestic leagues in Turkey had been suspended since March 19. The league had pushed the suspension through April 30 before further deliberations led to the eventual cancellation of the season.