Levi Randolph is switching teams and countries. The shooting guard has reportedly left Dinamo Sassari in Italy for Strasbourg IG Basket in France to replace injured wingman Pape Sy. David Pick first reported the signing:
J.J. Frazier has parted ways ways with Dijon Basket in France.
Frazier was averaging 8.2 points and 2.6 assists per game in his first season as a pro. This comes on the heels of Dijon signing David Holston Jan. 25, returning after playing for Dijon from 2015-2017.
Damian Hollis is changing teams, and leagues, in Italy. Bergamo Basket in Italy's Serie A2 division has announced the signing of the small forward Jan. 26, the fifth Italian team for Hollis so far in his career. He comes to Bergamo from Pallacanestro in Serie A, where he averaged 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in limited appearances. Coming off a year in Portugal where Hollis put up the second-highest scoring numbers of his career, it makes sense that the George Washington grad would want to be put in a position where he can be a team's primary scoring option, which he wasn't getting at Varese.
Hollis has a Hungarian passport, and started his career in Hungary. He has also spent time in Greece and played last season in Portugal for S.L. Benfica, winning the league championship with the club.
Colton Iverson is returning to Spain. The big man from Colorado State has signed with MoraBanc Andorra through the rest of the season, according to Sportando and other outlets. Iverson has not played this season after spending last season with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, his fourth country in as many seasons. He averaged 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, helping Maccabi win the Israeli Cup. His first time in Spain was during the 2014-2015 season with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, so he is no stranger to the ACB. Andorra is in the middle of the pack right now in Spain with an 8-9 record, but could use some help in Eurocup play, where they are 3-7 in their group.
Zenit Saint Petersburg has found an American to replace Argentine Nicolas Laprovittola: Malcolm Griffin. Zenit signed Griffin late Jan. 22 after Laprivittola left the team and signed with FIATC Joventut in Spain for the rest of the season. Griffin has been having the best season of his short career this season, averaging 15.6 points and 5.0 assists per game for Kolossos BC in Greece. Zenit bought out Griffin's contract at Kolossos to nab the point guard.
This will be the third country in Griffin's two-year career having spent his first season in Latvia with BK Liepajas Lauvas. Zenit is in the middle of a tight race for first place in the VTB United League with a 10-2 record, and is 2-1 in their group so far in the Eurocup. Their next game is Jan. 24 against Bayern Munich in the Eurocup.
Tyler Larson is reportedly joining Pallacanestro Varese in Italy. The guard spent the first half of this season in Belgium with Liege Basket, where he averaged 18.2 points and 5.8 assists per game in 13 games played for the Belgian side.
Italy is the farthest south that Larson has played in his entire career, having spent his first three seasons split between Latvia and Lithuania. He will certainly be a boost to Varese side that is in thirteenth place in the Serie A standings with a 5-11 record. The South Dakota grad is in his fourth season of pro hoops.
Big games from Americans happen often in Iceland, but it’s less common that someone fills the stat sheet in addition to points. That’s what Marcus Dewberry did this week for Akranes IA in Iceland’s top division, dropping 40 points to go along with nine boards and nine assists in his team’s recent game against Breidablik.
Though his team took the L, Dewberry’s big game against one of the best teams in the league was still enough for us to name him our Baller of the Week!