Hapoel Jerusalem adds power inside with Pops Mensah-Bonsu

Nov 24, 2014 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Hapoel Jerusalem adds power inside with Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Pops Mensah-Bonsu - Galatasaray Liv Hospital - EB13_55339Hapoel Jerusalem strengthened its frontcourt by signings veteran Pops Mensah-Bonsu. The big man signed with Olympiacos Piraeus over the summer, but the deal was terminated before the start of the season. Mensah-Bonsu (2.06 meters, 31 years old) last played for Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul, where he averaged 8.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in 18 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season. He also posted 10.5 points and 6.8 boards in the Turkish League. With Jerusalem he will compete in the Eurocup for just the second time; he ranked among the competition’s leading rebounders in the 2007-08 season when he averaged 10 points and 8.4 rebounds for Benetton Treviso.

Born in London, Mensah-Bonsu played college basketball for George Washington University in the United States and also spent parts of four seasons with five teams in the NBA: Dallas, San Antonio, Toronto, Houston and New Orleans. He has played for three teams in the Euroleague: DKV Joventut Badalona, CSKA Moscow and Galatasaray as well as for European powers ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne of France, Besiktas of Turkey, Seville in Spain and EA7 Emporio Armani Milan of Italy. Mensah-Bonsu has suffered from injuries throughout his career and signed with Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv prior to the 2012-13 season, but never suited up for that team. Among his career highlights are winning the 2012 FIBA EuroChallenge with Besiktas and league championships in Russia and Turkey.

"I am happy about Pops joining our team,” Jerusalem coach Danny Franco said. “The energy, athleticism and presence in the paint that he brings will certainly help us and we will make an effort to integrate him as quickly as possible."