Point guard Talor Battle has signed with BK Ventspils in Latvia, Ballers Abroad has learned. The signing comes hours after Battle parted ways with the team he spent the majority of the 2015-2016 season with, Hapoel Tel Aviv of the Israeli Winner League. Battle had been having a successful season in Israel, averaging 12.5 points, 5.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. Latvia will be the sixth country Battle has played in in his career, having also made stops in France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Israel.
Maurice Kemp is moving from Greece to Estonia, signing with Rapla for the rest of the season. The swingman played in the United States last season, playing for the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League. He started the season playing for Kavala (Greece), putting up 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in 11 contests. The third-year pro started his career in Hungary, and Estonia will be the third country he's played in throughout his professional basketball career.
Shooting guard Courtney Fells and Italian club Virtus Bologna have parted ways, Sportando and other outlets are reporting. Fells was signed by Bologna in November 2015 after starting the season in Argentina, and played in 11 games in Italy, averaging 14.9 points per game in all competitions. The former NC State player has been in eight countries (including the United States) in his career.
Big man Cedric Simmons has signed with Baloncesto Sevilla, the club announced on Twitter:
Since Ballers Abroad tries to keep it as global as possible, our Baller of the Week takes us to Iceland, where Al'Lonzo Coleman went off for a season-high 41 points against Thor AK. Coleman, a second-year pro who played in Canada last season, is averaging 20.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for Stjarnan. The team is third in the league with a 12-5 record.
Lokomotiv Kuban has announced that the team has signed guard Matt Janning. Janning had been playing in Israel for the better part of the 2015-2016 season, parting ways with Hapoel Jerusalem Feb. 7.The Northeastern grad played in 16 games for Hapoel so far this season, averaging 8.4 points and 2.2 assists per game. Lokomotiv marks the fifth different country that Janning has played in during his career, having spent time in Italy, Croatia and Turkey, as well as playing in the NBA Development League for the first two seasons of his career. Lokomotiv is in the midst of VTB United League play with a 12-5 record, as well as Euroleague play (4-2, good for second in its group).