Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Alba Berlin signed Derrick Byars

Alba Berlin added depth to its roster by signing small forward Derrick Byars for the rest of the season.

Byars (201, 25) returns to Europe after splitting the 2007-08 season between Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany and Chorale Roanne in France. With Bamberg he averaged 6.3 points in four ULEB Cup games before transferring to Roanne, where he scored 7 in the team’s Euroleague finale and 8.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in the French League, helping the team reach the playoff final. Last season Byars played for Bakersfield in the NBDL, where he averaged 17.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 49 appearances and was named to the all-star team.

"Almost from the beginning of the season it was clear that we had to get stronger at that position," head coach Luka Pavicevic said. "With Derrick Byars, we have a player who strengthens us there with his athleticism and basketball skills, which complement our team. Derrick is an ambitious player. He is not a seasoned pro, but he has enough talent to be an important part for us."

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