Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Galatasaray annnounced Strickland and Graves
Galatasaray Cafe Crown improved its backcourt for the 2008-09 Eurocup Qualifying Rounds by inking combo guards Marshall Strickland and Antonio Graves. Strickland (188, 25) arrives from Alpella Istanbul, where he averaged 16.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 26 Turkish League games. Alpella has been his only professional club since finishing his four-year career at Indiana University (NCAA). Meanwhile,
Graves (190, 23) arrives from Pau-Orthez, where he averaged 20.4 points on 43.5% three-pointers and 2.8 assists in 18 French League games last season. Not only he was the second top scorer in the French League last season, but Graves also had a 40-point performance in a road win against Adecco Asvel. Graves has also played for the Pittsburgh Xplosion in the CBA since
finishing his college career at the University of Pittsburgh (NCAA). Both players signed respective one-year deals and will be ready to face BC Siauliai in the Eurocup first qualifying round.