ANDhe RETAbet Bilbao Basket confirmed the signing for one season of the Dominican center Ángel Delgado from Movistar Estudiantes and that he will become the sixth addition to the Basque team for the next season.
Before Delgado, 26 years old and 2.08 meters tall, the Bilbao team confirmed the incorporation of Lithuanian power forward Gytis Masiulis, French forward Valentin Bigote, American guard Andrew Goudelock and Extremaduran power forward Alejandro Galán and point guard Brazilian Rafa Luz.
The new Bilbao Basket player arrives at Miribilla after becoming one of the dominant centers in the last stretch of the last Liga Endesa, in which he was nominated as the most valuable player in the months of April and May.
In his first year, ACB averaged 8.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and a PIR with the student team in the regular season, although his numbers improved to 15.9 points, 12.9 rebounds and a PIR of 24.5 in his last ten games with the team’s jersey. from Madrid.
Before making the leap to Europe, Delgado played in the NCAA with Seton Hall University and before playing in the Development League with the Agua Caliente Clippers, the team linked to the Los Angeles franchise, with which he debuted in the NBA in the 2018-2019 season.
In the 2019-2020 academic year, before reaching Estudiantes, he credited 8.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and a PIR of 9.2 with the Israeli Hapoel Holon.
The sporting director of Bilbao Basket, Rafa Pueyo, emphasizes that Delgado will contribute “rebounding instinct in both rings” after accrediting last year being “a first-rate player” in that aspect.
“He is also a very effective player near the rim, where he uses his body and shooting feints very well. Defensively, he plays hard and is good in pick & roll situations. We hope that he will provide us with solidity and security in our area”, underlines Pueyo .
With the arrival of Delgado, Bilbao Basket has practically outlined its squad, which would be missing a ‘five’ to replace Ondrej Balvin and that according to different information could be ex-NBA Jeff Withey.
In the absence of materializing the possible exits of Jaylon Brown, John Jenkins -both included by Bilbao Basket in the list of players subject to the right of first refusal- and Arnoldas Kulboka will continue in Miribilla next season Jonathan Rousselle, Ludde Hakanson, Tomeu Rigo, Alex Reyes and Regimantas Miniotas.
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