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.
Defending French champions ASVEL Basket strengthened their roster after adding point guard Chris Jones to the squad. Jones signed with the team after playing last season in the Israeli Winner League for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Guard Paris Lee is the newest member of AS Monaco Basket after signing with the French team for the 2021-2022 season. Lee has experience playing in LNB Pro A, France's first division, averaging 14.6 points and 7.7 assists per game for Orleans Loiret Basket during the 2020-2021 season.
He joins a French power in AS Monaco, who hope to build off a 24-10 record and a semifinal finish in last season's playoffs. The Illinois State product will join fellow American Marcos Knight on the squad. Prior to coming to France, Lee has also played in Germany and Belgium.