Scottie Reynolds is the newest player for SIG Basket Strasbourg in France after signing with the team November 18. Reynolds joins the club after starting the season in Greece playing for Larisa BC, where he averaged 13.5 points and 6.2 assists per game to be the team's second-leading scorer during its dismal 1-6 start.
He joins a Strasbourg team that currently sits in the middle of the standings in France's LNB Pro A with a 4-5 record after winning their last three games in a row, and will provide more depth for Strasbourg as they get deeper into the Basketball Champions League schedule. The former Villanova point guard joins fellow Americans Jerai Grant, Travis Trice and Gabe York on the team heading into their next game against Le Mans Nov. 23.
For the first time in its history, we have a repeat Baller of the Week! Juan Ferrales is back to #BOTW status after having a massive game in Norway over the weekend for the league-leading Kongsberg Miners. He was also named Baller of the Week in November 2016 but Ferrales had an even more impressive game this time around, scoring a career-high 40 points while dropping five dimes and adding three rebounds in his team's 98-82 victory of Gimle.
The fourth-year guard also went a scorching 6-of-7 from beyond the arc as he helped his team stretch their undefeated streak to ten games to start the season. Ferrales is averaging a career-high 23.9 poitns per game, good for fourth-highest in Norway's BLNO, but this scoring outburst for the hottest team in the country got our attention enough to give him Baller of the Week honors again in 2019!
Guard Tyreek Duren is returning to Greece for the 2019-2020 season after inking with Panionios BC in the country's top division. Duren split the 2018-2019 season between Greece and Cyprus, starting the season with Kolossos H Hotels before moving to AEK Larnaca in January 2019. The former La Salle player averaged 11.7 points for all teams across all competitions as he helped lead AEK Larnaca to a Cyprus Cup finals appearance.
Duren has spent the majority of his six-year career with Larnaca and only played in five games last season in Greece, so he is still relatively new to playing in this league. The team currently sits at 2-4 in the Greek A1 League, though their two wins have come in their last three games. Duren joins fellow Americans Anthony Lee, Francois Lewis and Rickey McGill on the current roster.
Veteran point guard Danny Gibson will be back playing hoops in Poland after signing with Polish power WKS Slask Wroclaw. The 35-year-old has several seasons' worth of experience in Poland, playing for three different teams in the country's top division from 2013-2016 (including a season with Slask Wroclaw from 2013-2014). More recently, he spent the 2018-2019 season in Turkey with Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece, where he averaged 10.2 points and 3.8 assists per game as Buyukcekmece finished outside the playoff picture at 8-20.
Slask Wroclaw has had a middling start to the season at 2-3 after being promoted last season from 1 Liga, Poland's second division. Gibson joins fellow Americans Andrew Chrabascz, Clayton Custer, Torin Dorn and Michael Humphrey on the roster.
Isaiah Briscoe is returning to the international hoops scene after signing with Ratiopharm Ulm, a member of the German Basketball Bundesliga, October 24. Entering his third season of professional basketball, Briscoe spent his rookie season abroad in Estonia with BC Kalev/Cramo before moving stateside for his second year, where he suited up for the NBA's Orlando Magic. Briscoe played in 39 games for the Magic, averaging 3.5 points in 14.3 minutes per game played.
Despite limited appearances last season, Ratiopharm Ulm is getting a high-volume scorer in Briscoe who averaged 18.5 points per game in his rookie season for Kalev after two years at the University of Kentucky. The team will certainly need it, as they are off to dismal starts both in the BBL (1-2) and in the EuroCup (0-4).
Well, we did it. We made it through an entire off-season of hoops! (insert praise hands emoji here)
Though the NBA regular season officially kicked off last night, the international hoops season is nearly in full swing. Several countries started their domestic leagues in late September/early October, and now with the NBA starting we've got basketball going strong all around the world! And with that, it's time to get back to one of our favorite recurring features - Baller of the Week!