Dolomiti Energia Trento has reached the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 in two of the last three seasons, but there are a lot of new faces for Coach Nicola Brienza to work into his team for the new season. Gary Browne will be one of the leaders for Trento in 2020-21 from the guard spot while Jeremy Morgan and Victor Sanders were also added to the backcourt. Kelvin Martin comes to the wing with a winning pedigree as does big man Luke Maye. The Trento frontcourt will also feature JaCorey Williams.
The heart and soul of the Trento club is back as captain Toto Forray re-signed for three more years with the Italian side, which he joined in 2011. Forray is now 34 years old and will receive a major boost with Browne, who played last season in the EuroCup with Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul. Morgan will be making his European competition debut after playing a major role for the German League Cinderella side Hakro Merlins Crailsheim last season. Sanders helped get Telnet Giants Antwerp to the semifinals of the Basketball Champions League in 2019 and will now be making his EuroCup debut. The backcourt could also get a boost from 19-year-old talent Luca Conti.
While Forray has been with the team since 2011, Trento also locked up Davide Pascolo for three years. The veteran power forward has played for the team in seven of the last nine years and will be called upon to play a big role this season. Martin will man the small forward spot and provide the kind of inspiring energy he displayed in helping Virtus Bologna win the Basketball Champions League crown in 2019. Maye will be playing in Europe for the first time, but he helped North Carolina win the 2017 NCAA title in the United States. Williams is another energy guy who will be making his EuroCup debut from the center position. The frontcourt will also include the 34-year-old Luca Lechthaler, who only played two games last season but has played four seasons in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague with Montepaschi Siena and four EuroCup campaigns with Trento.
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Trento will likely go as far as Gary Browne can take it. The 27-year-old got his first taste of the EuroCup last season as he averaged 10.8 points and 3.6 assists for Darussafaka. The playmaker also guided the club to the Turkish Cup final last season. Though Browne is still climbing the ranks in Europe, he is no stranger to big games. He helped West Virginia University to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA and represented his native Puerto Rico internationally at the youth level and with the senior national team, including at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China. Browne is a player who can organize the game from the point by finding the open man on the wing or driving to the basket. He also can score in bunches if his team needs – including hitting from long range. And he excels at the defensive end as well.
Head coach Nicola Brienza goes into his second season at the helm knowing Trento wants to at least get back to the Top 16 - as it did in 2018 and 2020. But the club is dreaming of a return to the EuroCup Semifinals, which was its high-water mark in 2015-16. The Italian side will rely on its defense, getting out on the break and hitting three-pointers. The leadership from Forray, Browne and Pascolo will be there and Williams and Maye will excite Trento fans in the low post. While the team will rely heavily on Browne, getting high-level production from Morgan and Sanders could make or break the season for Trento.