After a year that saw him play for the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Elan Chalon in France, Brandon Davies had even more of an eventful summer. He played for the Orlando Magic in the Orlando summer league, the champion San Antonio Spurs in the Las Vegas summer league and signed a contract to play in Italy during the 2015-16 season.
His landing spot is with Openjobmetis Varese who plays in Serie A league in Italy. Openjobmetis V. Plays at PalaWhirlpool in Varese. They had a complete overhaul of their roster after suffering through a 12-18 season and an 11th place finish in the league. Gone are former NBA players Andy Rautins, Yakhouba Diawara, Christian Eyenga and Eric Maynor as well as big-time contributors Dawan Robinson and Ed Daniel.
While their replacements aren’t household names, Davies will have some teammates who are familiar to diehard NBA and college fans. The prominent additions (other than Davies) are Maalik Wayns (Villanova), Ramon Galloway (La Salle), Mychel Thompson (Pepperdine), Mouhammed Faye (SMU) and Jevohn Shepard (Michigan).
Wayns and Galloway will be in the backcourt while Shepard and Thompson will battle for minutes on the wing. The frontcourt will be a little more crowded with Faye, Davies and Luca Campani all fighting for time.
The season starts in early October with Serie A games once a week.
Matt Carlino parlayed a fantastic senior season at Marquette where he was second-team All-Big East into a deal to play for Boulazac Basket Dordogne in France. Boulazac plays in the France-ProB league which is the second highest division. They play in Le Palio in Boulazac.
After a solid season that saw them finish third with a 21-13 record, Boulazac lost in the semi-finals of the playoffs. Even though they had a successful season, most of the roster has moved on to other teams, including leading scorers Ovie Soko (Duquesne) and Dinma Odiakosa (illinois State).
The most impressive returning player is David Jackson (W. Illinois) who played 31 games and averaged 11.0 points on 52.5 percent shooting from inside the arc. He added 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals in 27.2 minutes.
New to the roster are Nicholas Pope (Oklahoma Baptist), Carl Hall (Wichita State), Jerome Sanchez and Andre Young (Clemson). Young will compete with Carlino for minutes at the point while Jackson will man the shooting guard. Pope and Sanchez should earn the starting forward spots while Hall will be the man in the middle.
The season starts in late October with an average of a game a week.
Rosters and team information from Eurobasket.com