A great summer for Octagon Europe

An amazing and busy summer for Octagon Europe resulted in a big amount of important signings in the top level of the european market and not only. Once again our agency delivered and some of the most important signings in the summer of 2017 were facilitated through our network. First of all, our existing European contingency in the NBA (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dennis Schroder, Tomas Satoransky, Damjan Rudez) welcomed 2 new European players. Daniel Theis moved from German champions Bamberg to the Boston Celtics, while Greek international Tyler Dorsey was selected from Atlanta in the draft and signed a 2-year deal with the Hawks.

But it wasn't only that. Major signings in top european markets were also in our daily routine. Arguably the biggest transfer of the summer in Euroleague was Adam Hanga joining Barcelona on a 3-year contract. Euroleague's top power forward last season Giorgos Printezis inked a new 3-year deal with Olympiacos while several other players made big signings too in all top level markets(Brock Motum to Efes, Michael Roll to Maccabi, Aaron White to Zalgiris, Billy Baron and Josh Duncan to Eskisehir, Augusto Lima to Besiktas, Dominic Waters to Karsiyaka, Shayne Whittington to Zenit, Sterling Gibbs to Nizny, Marcelo Huertas to Baskonia, Charlon Kloof to Murcia, Thomas Walkup to Ludwigsburg, Ben Bentil to Reims just to name a few). The season is under way, so best of luck to everybody with lots of health and success!

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David Jelinek stay in the ACB for Andorra

Czech international guard David Jelinek extended his contract with Andorra and will continue for another season in the Spanish ACB, while also playing in Eurocup. Jelinek has instrumental in this season's successful run of Andorra that saw the qualify to the Copa del Rey and the ACB play offs, as he averaged almost 10 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 asssits in 35 games.

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Mike Roll moves to Maccabi Tel Aviv

American guard Mike Roll opted out of his contract with Besiktas and signed a 1+1 year deal with Euroleague powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. The UCLA graduate enjoyed a splendid season in Turkey, where he averaged 11.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists in 40 games, shooting with 36% behind the 3-point line. Roll will play in Euroleague for the first time in his career.

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Ondrej Balvin joins Gran Canaria

Center Ondrej Balvin signed a contract with Gran Canaria and will remain in the Spanish ACB for one more season, while he will also participate in the Eurocup. The Czech international spent last season between Germany for Bayern Munich and Spain where he played for Estudiantes in the last months. Balvin is no stranger to Spain, as he grew up playing for Sevilla where he stayed from 2010 till 2016.

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Ovie Soko extends with Murcia in ACB

Ovie Soko extended his contract with the Spanish ACB and Champions league team Murcia for one more year. The Great Britain international played only 9 games last year for Murcia due to an injury, but comes back healthy and strong to help his team achieve this season's goals.

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Mike Moser returns to Eurocup with Reggio Emilia

American forward Mike Moser will play in Eurocup and the Italian league next season as he penned a 1+1 deal with Reggio Emilia. The former UNLV and Oregon player spent has also played in Lithuania and Israel, before spending the last half of this season in Kosovo as he was recovering from an injury. He came back healthy to lead Sigal Prishtina to win the title and be the MVP of the finals and he is returning to the top level.

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Brock Motum inks 2-year deal with Anadolu Efes

Power forward Brock Motum is moving to Turkey, as he signe a 2-year contract with Anadolu Efes. The Australian international had a break out season in Euroleague with Zalgiris Kaunas this season, averaging 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and shooting with 46% behind the 3-point line. The Washington State graduate has also played in Italy before Lithuania and is now moving to the Turkish powerhouse for the next 2 seasons.

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Antetokounmpo wins NBA's Most Improved Player award

Another amazing day for Giannis Antetokounmpo as he was voted with very big difference as NBA's Most Improved Player of the season in the annual NBA awards. The Greek Freak was hands down the player who showed tremendous progress, being the only ever NBA player to feature in the top20 of all statistical tables in a single season. The 23-year old Bucks star was also voted in the 2nd All-NBA Defensive team, concluding a magnificent season and paving the way for a bright future.

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Aris Likogiannis extends with Kolossos in Greece

Greek coach Aris Likogiannis extended his contract with Kolossos Rhodes for one more year and will remain at the helm of the Greek team for a record 4th season. The Greek specialist has done wonders with Kolossos, leading the team to the Greek play-offs every year, despite having constantly one of the lowest budgets in the top division.

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Mike Moser receives European passport

American forward Mike Moser just received his European passport, as he will reinforce the national team of Albania. The 26-year old player who has played for Lietuvos Rytas and Hapoel Holon in the past, overcame an injury in the first half of the season and came back strong to win the title and be the finals MVP in with Sigal Pristina. He will appear in the Eurobasket qualifiers later in the summer.

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Coach Vaggelis Ziagkos returns to Al Riyadi

Coach Vaggelis Ziagkos extended his contract with Al Riyadi in Lebanon for another 2 seasons. The Greek specialist joined the Lebanese club during this season and contributed in Al Riyadi winning the league title. Ziagkos will return to Beirut as he signed a new 2-year contract, looking to build on this season's success.

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Printezis extends with Olympiacos for 3 seasons

Octagon Europe power forward Georgios Printezis extended his contract with 3-times Euroleague winners Olympiacos for another 3 years. The 32-year old Greek international first passed the doors of Olympiacos locker room at the age of 15 years and with exceptions of 3 seasons he has only played for this team, winning multiple titles in Greece and Europe. He was voted as Euroleague's best power forward this season, leading his team to the Euroleague final against Fenerbahce.

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Maurice Acker signs 2-year deal with Lille

Octagon Europe point guard Maurice Acker will stay in France as he signed a 2-year deal with ambitious ProB team Lille Metropole. The Marquette graduate has already spent 3 seasons in France with Hyers-Toulon and Denain, while he has also played in Holland, Denmark, Canada and Venezuela in his career. This season he averaged 8.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in ProA, shooting with 34% behind the 3-point line.

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Aaron White inks 2-year deal with Zalgiris

Octagon forward Aaron White will play in Euroleague as of next season as he signed a 2-year deal with Zalgiris Kaunas. The Iowa graduate has climbed the ladder of the European market steadily, playing in Bonn in his rookie season and in Eurocup and VTB league with Zenit St. Petersburg this year. White averaged 9.3 points and 6.6 rebounds with Zenit this season, shooting with 38% behind the 3-point line. Welcome to Euroleague Aaron!

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KC Rivers wins the double in Greece with Panathinaikos

Congratulations to Octagon swingman K.C. Rivers for winning the double in Greece, as the American player won also the Greek league title, as Panathinaikos beat Olympiacos on the road in game 5. Rivers was once more instrumental for the winners, finishing the game with 13 points and being the leading scorer for Panathinaikos who won with the emphatic 51-66 and conquered both titles in Greece.

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Zisis, Theis, Harris win title with Bamberg in Germany

Congratulations to Octagon Europe players Nikos Zisis, Daniel Theis and Elias Harris for winning the league title in Germany with Bamberg. It was the 2nd title of the season, as they also won the German Cup and their sweep over Oldenburg in the German BBL finals with 3-0 wins means that Bamberg did the double and for 3rd year in a row they conquered the top of German basketball.

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Antetokounmpo voted in the 2nd All-NBA team

Congratulations to Octagon Europe player Giannis Antetokounmpo who was selected in the 2nd All-NBA team for the 2016-17 season. Following a fantastic year where the Greek Freak led Milwaukee in all the statistical categories, was voted as an All-Star starter and became the only NBA player in history to feature in the top20 of all major statistical tables, it was enivatable that the 22-year old Greek international would add this tremendous honour to his resunme. Way to go Giannis!

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Georgios Printezis selected in best Euroleague Line Up

Congratulations to Octagon Europe power forward Georgios Printezis for being voted as Euroleague's Best Line Up for the 2016-17 season. The Greek international had another amazing season in the top level, being Olympiacos' leading scorer and paving the way for the Greek champions to return to the Euroleague Final 4. Printezis averaged 12.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 30 games, verifying once more that he is the best player in his position in Europe in the last few years.

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Adam Hanga voted Euroleague's Best Defender

Congratulations to Octagon Europe guard/forward Adam Hanga for being voted as Euroleague's best Defender for the 2016-17 season. The Hungarian international and San Antonio Spurs draftee was once more the defensive power of Baskonia, helping his team move once more to the top8. Hanga averaged 10.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks in 33 games for the Basque team.

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Dmitry Ternopol takes over Russian market for Octagon

Octagon Europe is happy to announce the opening its 18th office in the european market and the introduction of our new Director of Russia. Dmitry Ternopol is taking over the Russian market and his 13-year presence in the management of top level clubs like Lokomotiv Kuban (General Manager for the last 7 years), CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow and Triumph give him the know-how and the experience to bring results. Welcome aboard Dmitry.

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