Adam Smith is going to play in Israel after signing with Hapoel Holon in the Israeli Winner League. Smith joins the team after starting the season with Merkezefendi Belediyesi Denizle Basket in Turkey. In 11 games in the Turkish Basketball League, Smith averaged 14.7 points and 3.9 assists per game while shooting 43.1% from three-point range.
He will join a Hapoel Holon team that sits in second place in the Winner League at 6-3, and is in second place in Group G in the Basketball Champions League at 3-2. This will be his first time in Israel after stops in France, Turkey, Italy, Greece and Poland.
Larisa BC in Greece have added a new player to the roster after signing guard Stefan Moody earlier this week. Moody is making his return to Greece, where he played for the Rethymno Cretan Kings from 2017-2018, earning an All-Star nod and finishing the season as the Greek League's top scorer.
The Ole Miss product has spent the past two seasons in Hungary, hooping for Debreceni EAC in the Hungarian League. Last season, he averaged 14.9 points, 5.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game and helped lead DEAC to the league semifinals. He will look to inject new life into a Larisa BC team that currently sits at the bottom of the league standings with a 1-7 record.
Veteran forward Diamon Simpson is back at Maccabi Rishon LeZion after signing with the Israeli team this week. Simpson is no stranger to the Israeli Winner League, having played for five different teams in Israel throughout his 13-year career. He last played for Rishon LeZion during the 2018-2019 season, where he 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
The St. Mary's product most recently played in Argentina and Puerto Rico, suiting up for Quimsa in Argentina during the 2020-2021 season, and in Puerto Rico this past summer. He joins a Rishon LeZion team that could certainly use a boost after starting off the season with a 1-6 record, and will be one of a number of Americans on the squad.
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.