Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Aris announced P.J. Tucker for 2 seasons and Fanis Koumbouras
Aris BC announced that the team agreed terms with scorer P.J. Tucker(1.96-SG/SF) for the next 2 seasons. The deal was announced via the official website of Aris and the player will be sending his signed contract within the next few hours.
Tucker's real name is actually Anthony and the P.J stands for Pop Junior. It's a nickname that his father gave to him soon after his birth and he has been carrying it ever since. He graduated from the University of Texas back in 2006, where he won numerous awards. He was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 35th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and signed a two-year deal with them on July 26, 2006. He spent some time in the NBDL with the Colorado 14ers and was waived by the Raptors finally in 2007.
During 2007-2008 he spent his pro season overseas where he conquered the Israeli league as a player of Hapoel Holon and he was also named the MVP of the league. After that he signed with BC Donetsk but had a serious injury that sidelined him for 2 months. Nevertheless he was one the top scorers of the Ukrainian league averaging 19.4 points per game. Last season BC Donetsk had serious financial issues so he returned to Israel and Bnei Hasharon averaging 17.3 points 9 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 12 games.
Aris will also be trying Fanis Koumbouras(1.88-PG) at the request of head coach Sharon Drucker and chances are he will sign a contract with them. There is an obvious gap in the backcourt and Koumbouras might be the only true point-guard in the team. Aris might also keep Michalis Tsairelis(2.07-PF/C) after all as the youngster has been impressing the coaching staff during the practice sessions. That means there is a possibility that a bosman center will not be signed.
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