EuroCup signings: Grizzled vets

Sep 21, 2021 by Print
EuroCup signings: Grizzled vets

Like every year, the 7DAYS EuroCup features a good number of experienced players ready to make a difference on the court and become role models for younger players. Here's a list of 10 well-rounded players, with and without EuroCup experience, who have found new homes this season and could play decisive roles for their respective teams.

Kaspars Berzins, Lietkabelis Panevezys

At age 36, Kaspars Berzins returns to the EuroCup for the first time since 2017. He played six seasons in the past with Barons Riga, VEF Riga, Nizhny Novgorod and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar for a total of 48 games, in which he amassed 427 points and 254 rebounds. A skilled big man with a high basketball IQ, Berzins is set to play a leading role in Lietkabelis Panevezys's frontcourt.

Jeff Brooks, Virtus Segafredo Bologna

A EuroCup champion with Unicaja Malaga in 2017, Jeff Brooks is a mobile big man who has turned into a very efficient two-way player. Brooks, 32, won the EuroCup in just his second season in the competition - he previously played the EuroCup with Avtodor Saratov in the 2015-16 campaign - and hopes to lift the trophy again with top contender Virtus Segafredo Bologna.

Drew Crawford, MoraBanc Andorra

Drew Crawford will turn 31 next month, but only made his EuroCup debut last season. It was a convincing one as he averaged 12.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in nine EuroCup games for Germani Brescia. A well-rounded veteran with experience in the USA, Italy, Turkey, Germany and Israel, Crawford arrives to MoraBanc Andorra at the prime of his career.

Will Cummings, Boulogne Metropolitans 92

Will Cummings knows what it takes to win the EuroCup; he lifted the trophy with Darussafaka Istanbul in 2018. A combo guard with athleticism, poise and great leadership skills, Cummings arrives at Boulogne Metropolitans 92 with 51 games of EuroCup experience with Darussafaka and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. He turns 29 in October and knows all about the competition.

Marko Jagodic-Kuridza, Buducnost VOLI Podgorica

A versatile forward with great know-how and a high basketball IQ, Marko Jagodic-Kuridza played the EuroCup long ago, from 2012 to 2014 with Croatian powerhouse Cibona Zagreb. He went on to play in the Czech Republic, Belgium and Slovenia before making his EuroLeague debut with Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. At age 34, Jagodic-Kuridza is still going strong and will look to leave his mark with Buducnost VOLI Podgorica.

Steeve Ho You Fat, Mets, Boulougne Metropolitans 92

A EuroCup newcomer, Steeve Ho You Fat faces the opportunity of a lifetime after many years of working hard to get it. He started his career with Cholet Basket but was not with the team when it played the EuroLeague or the EuroCup. After many years in the French second division, he had two strong campaigns in the French top flight with Chorale Roanne. Boulougne Metropolitans 92 noticed and signed him to debut in the EuroCup at age 33.

Chris Kramer, Gran Canaria

In his last EuroCup game, playing for Rytas Vilnius against Valencia Basket, Chris Kramer suffered a severe knee injury that sidelined for months. Kramer, however, is a valuable EuroCup veteran: this is his sixth season in the competition and he's averaged 8.7 points and 4.8 assists in 57 career games. Gran Canaria needs his know-how to have another great EuroCup season.

Derek Needham, Frutti Extra Bursaspor

At age 30, Derek Needham is more experienced and well-rounded than most. This is his third EuroCup season after previous experiences with AS Monaco and Mornar Bar. Needham has also played in Ukraine, Germany, Italy and Lithuania. A pass-first playmaker who is also very effective on defense, Needham should be a perfect fit for the ever-ambitious Frutti Extra Bursaspor.

Jacob Pullen, Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana

Jacob Pullen already played for Cedevita in the 2018-19 season, before the merge with Olimpija, and has plenty of EuroCup experience. He has also played the competition with Hapoel Jerusalem, Baloncesto Sevilla, Khimki Moscow Region and Mornar Bar. A super scorer with unlimited range and outstanding determination, Pullen can be a difference-maker in Ljubljana.

Kevin Punter, Partizan NIS Belgrade

Kevin Punter is the youngest player on this list at age 28 and joined Partizan NIS Belgrade on a two-year contract to become its top gun. Punter is an elite scorer, who can create his own shot and is never afraid to take responsibility in crunch time. He is also a great on-the-ball defender and matches his new club's winning mentality.