Jalen Jones, a 27-year-old swingman with NBA and NBA G League experience is taking his talents to Italy for the 2020/2021 season after signing with Pallacanestro Varese in Italy's Lega Basket SerieA. Jones is entering his fifth season of pro hoops having mostly played in the United States along with stops in Spain and Portugal.
The Texas A&M product had a prolific season last year for the Capital City GoGo, averaging 19.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Washington Wizards' NBA G League affiliate. He joins a Varese team that is off to a 2-5 start in SerieA despite having former NBA players in Luis Scola and Toney Douglas, and Jones will be looked to contribute immediately on both sides of the floor. In addition to Douglass, Americans Anthony Morse and Jason Rich are also on this year's team.
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.
High-scoring combo guard Adam Smith will continue his pro career in Greece after signing with Ionikos Nikaias BC. Smith, who will start his fifth season this fall, spent last season with PAOK Thessaloniki, where he averaged 16.8 points per game across all competitions, including putting up 17.4 points per game while playing in the Basketball Champions League.
The New Zealand Breakers have added a second American player to their roster after signing Colton Iverson. The big man joins the Breakers for his eighth season as a pro after playing seven years in Europe, including stops in Turkey, Spain, Israel and Russia. Most recently, he played for Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia during the 2019-2020 season, averaging 6.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as he helped Zenit to a sixth-place finish in the VTB United League while the team also played in the Euroleague.
The 7-footer joins a Breakers team that will look to improve on a 15-13 record from last season that had the team just missing the NBL playoffs in Australia. The team has also signed American Lamar Patterson for the upcoming season, which is currently slated to start sometime in late January/early February 2021.
Bonzie Colson will continue his professional hoops career in Europe after signing with SIG Basket Strasbourg in France. The 6'6 forward out of Notre Dame started his pro career in the United States, spending the first part of the 2018-2019 season with the Canton Charge before signing a two-way contract with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks in 2019. He spent the second season of his pro career as his first year in Europe, playing for Darussafaka Tefken in the Turkish Basketball Super League. Colson averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game across all competitions, which included competing in the FIBA Europe Cup in addition to Turkey's top league.
The 24-year-old joins a Strasbourg team that will look to rebound from last season, finishing the shortened LNB Pro A 2019-2020 season with a 10-14 record, along with a 4-10 record while competing in the Basketball Champions League. Strasbourg have also signed Americans Wes Clark, Brandon Jefferson, DeAndre Lansdowne and Ishmail Wainright for the upcoming season.
American center James Thompson IV is going to play his second pro season in Germany after signing with Telekom Baskets Bonn in the Basketball Bundesliga, per several reports. The big man out of Eastern Michigan spent his rookie year split between Italy and South Korea, playing for Poderosa Pallacanestro Montegranaro in Italy's second division before morning to Seoul Samsung Thunder in the second half of the 2019-2020 season. The 25-year-old averaged 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game combined as his field goal percentage reached 70 percent from the floor.