One of the best rebounders in European basketball switched Turkish Airlines EuroLeague teams on Saturday when KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz signed Tonye Jekiri to a two-year deal. Jekiri (2.12 meters, 25 years old) arrives from LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, where he averaged 8.7 points in 27 EuroLeague games last season. He ranked second in the league in rebounding with 7.5 per game. The big man posted double-doubles in six games.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Jekiri started his professional basketball career with Bandirma Kirmizi of Turkey. He also played for Telenet Ostend of Belgium and Gaziantep Basketbol of Turkey before joining ASVEL last season. He helped Ostend win the Belgian League and Cup double in 2018 and has been a member of the Nigerian basketball team.