The signings slowed down as teams began preseason training last week, but the moves that were made can teach us something about the teams involved.
The week in EuroCup signings
Ulm snatches teenage talent Nunez
ratiopharm Ulm has long been a team where young players get the playing time they need to flourish. Will Clyburn, Daniel Theis, Killian Hayes and Robin Benzing are just some of the players who used their time at Ulm as a springboard to stardom and the latest name on that list could be Juan Nunez. The 18-year-old, who made his Turkish Airlines EuroLeague debut and was the MVP of the U20 European Championship last month, is now with Spain’s senior national team. He will get the keys to the Ulm attack this season and could have a young Ulm side making noise.
Joventut makes long-term plans with Suurorg
Joventut Badalona not only sees itself as a EuroCup contender this season, but is constantly working on its future too. The signing of Estonian guard Kasper Suurorg to a four-year deal is proof of the latter. Though Suurorg may not even play for the club this season, which he is expected to begin with Joventut’s affiliated squad CB Prat, building a bank of young talents gives the team many options. Andres Feliz joined the club in February 2021 and after half a season with Prat, he was a rotation player with Joventut last season. Could we see Suurorg with the big club before this season ends?
Hamburg puts finishing touches on roster with Clark
Veolia Hamburg Towers ensured it will have a full roster for training camp (aside from Germany national team player Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann) after it signed small forward Marvin Clark and promptly declared him the final signing of the off-season. Coach Raoul Korner has an almost-entirely new-look squad at his disposal and a lengthy preseason is important for the players and coaching staff to build chemistry. Clark, who is entering his fourth pro season, has a do-it-all, team-first mentality and getting him on the floor now with his new teammates is a good sign for the new edition of the Towers.