Baller of the Week takes us to Turkey for the first time this season, where experienced guard Troy Franklin put on a show in his team's narrow loss over the weekend.
We head to Germany for Baller of the Week, where American Trey Davis hit his season high in scoring to help his team beat the league leaders.
Baller of the Week takes us to Italy for the first time this season, where J.J. Frazier put together an outstanding performance in his team's victory over the weekend.
The fourth-year point guard put up a season-high 36 points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out six assists in BCC Treviglio's 90-80 win over Pallacanestro Trapani in Italy's SerieA2 division. The former Georgia Bulldog also hit six three-pointers for Treviglio, who won their first game of 2021 to move to 4-6 on the season. Frazier doubled his season scoring average of 17.6 points per game in the win, and his standout performance during the brilliant season he's having makes him an easy choice for Baller of the Week!
Veteran point guard Kenny Hayes will suit up for a new team in Turkey after signing with Gaziantep Basketbol in the Turkish Basketball Super League. Hayes, the 2019 BSL leading scorer with Buyukcekmece Basketbol, has yet to sign for a team this season. He's played in Turkey the past two seasons, and last season he scored 19.8 points per game and dished out 4.8 assists per game for Buyukcekmece before the season ended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gaziantep currently sits in the middle of the BSL standings with a 7-10 record, but are hoping to snap out of a four-game losing streak at the moment. Hayes joins fellow Americans Rashard Kelly, Brynton Lemar and Trevis Simpson on the squad.
Ethan Happ is moving teams in Italy after signing with Dinamo Sassari Jan. 18. The second-year power forward started the season with another team in Italy's Lega Basket SerieA, Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna 103, where he averaged 14.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game across all competitions, including the Basketball Champions League.
Happ will play for his third different team in Italy's top division. He spent his rookie season for Vanoli Basket, where he averaged 16.5 points per game. Dinamo Sassari currently sits in third place in the Lega Basket Serie A standings with a 10-5 record, and sits solidly in second place in its Basketball Champions League group with a 3-2 record. The Wisconsin grad will join fellow American Jason Burnell on the squad.
The first Baller of the Week for 2021 is here, and it's something special! We're headed to Armenia for the first time this season, where Jordan Watson put up 51 points in his team's win over the weekend.
Baller of the Week takes us to Italy for the first time this season, where Josh Adams had a big game for his team in the EuroCup this week!