Erik McCree will return to BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque after signing with the French team for the rest of the 2020-2021 season. After starting the season with Bakken Bears in Denmark (playing in two games, including one in the Basketball Champions League, ), the fourth-year pro will return to a Gravelines team he played for last season.
McCree averaged 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game for Gravelines-Dunkerque, and that offense will be needed for a team that currently sits near the bottom of the LNB Pro A standings after starting the season with a 1-4 record. The Louisiana Tech product joins fellow Americans Corey Davis, Quincy Ford and Cameron Wells on the roster.
James Blackmon Jr. will continue his pro career in Turkey after signing with Besiktas J.K. in the country's top division. Blackmon joins Besiktas having played in Italy for the past two seasons after starting his pro career in the NBA G League. He spent last season with Aquila Basket Trento, where the 6'4 guard averaged 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, which included competing in the 7Days EuroCup.
He signs with a Besiktas team that is looking for a bit of a boost after an 0-4 start to the Turkish Basketball Super League. Besiktas will also need reinforcements since they're also competing in the FIBA Europe Cup. Blackmon joins fellow Americans Isaiah Blackmon, Markell Johnson and De'Jon Davis on this season's roster.
Baller of the Week takes us to Russia, where sixth-year pro Alan Williams had a terrific performance for Lokomotiv Kuban over the weekend.
After playing in Romania for the past two years, Kris Richard is taking his talents to Poland after signing with Zastal Enea BC Zielona Gora in the Polish Basketball League. The 31-year-old guard comes to Zastal Zielona after playing for CSM CSU Oradea in Romania's top division since 2018, averaging 14.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for Oradea across all competitions, which included playing in FIBA's Europe Cup.
He should provide a boost to a Zastal squad that is not only playing in the PBL (where they sit in third place with a 6-1 record), but in the VTB United League as well (where they are off to an 0-3 start). Richard, who will play in ths sixth different country of his pro career, will join fellow Americans Geoffrey Groselle, Blake Reynolds and Cecil Williams on the roster.
There is PLENTY going on in 2020, and the world of overseas hoops is no exception. As the NBA season comes to an end this October, leagues across the world have already started or are beginning soon (wow, never thought we’d say that!) so we’re back with our favorite feature here at BA - Baller of the Week!
Cedevita Olimpija in Slovenia have strengthened their roster with the addition of veteran Jarrod Jones. The 30-year-old big man spent last season hooping for Darussafaka Basketbol in Turkey, averaging 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds across all competitions while playing in the Turkish Basketball Super League and the 7Days EuroCup.
His EuroCup experience should come in handy, as he joins a Cedevita Olimpija team that will have its hands full this season, prepping to play in the EuroCup in addition to Slovenia's domestic Liga Nova KBM and the regional Adriatic League. The Ball State product will join Americans Rion Brown, Kendrick Perry and Mikael Hopkins on the roster.