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19/09/2017
Paul Nilsen's Women's Basketball Worldwide

My 10 best signings of the EuroCup Women off-season

14 Marianna Tolo (AUS)
14 Marianna Tolo (AUS) - Australia v Japan, 2017 FIBA Women's Asia Cup Division A (IND), Bengaluru - Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium(IND), Final, 29 July 2017

NEWCASTLE (Paul Nilsen's Women's Basketball Worldwide) - It's been a hectic off-season in EuroCup Women and a number of player movements have made me sit up and take notice.

Nirra Fields – CMB Cargo Uni Gyor


There is something hugely engaging about the game of Fields, whose directness and energy can be captivating alongside her scoring ability. Having lit it up en-route to Canada winning the FIBA Women's AmeriCup and subsequently being named MVP, she will head into her debut EuroCup Women season with confidence.

Marianna Tolo - Agu Spor


After an absence of three years from European club competition, the Opals standout is back on European soil and that is a relief for fans of Agu Spor. Having lost Lara Sanders and Ann Wauters, the club needed quality replacements to fill a major void under the basket, with Tolo bringing the size and quality necessary.

Maria Conde - Spar Citylift Girona


Girona have captured one of the most decorated youth players in history. She has been a gold mine since she took to the court as a young girl and that speaks volumes about her leadership, IQ and ability to impact games in multiple ways. It's been a stellar calendar year after winning EuroBasket Women 2017 and taking an U20 title. She also impressed during her NCAA career. Will she now measure up in the pro-game?

Renee Montgomery - Flammes Carolo Basket

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If you get a veteran player who has produced the goods on both sides of the Atlantic, it's a major tick in the box for any club. To get someone with the class of the Minnesota Lynx guard is a significant boost for Flammes Carolo Basket, with the French side possibly now one of the tournament front-runners as a result.

Annamaria Prezelj - Gorzow


One of my favorite players of 2017, Prezelj is a treat to watch because she is such a natural leader and now she will help spearhead Gorzow's long-awaited return to European club competition. She is intriguing to watch, since the playmaker does not have the usual quickness or athleticism of most guards. But she is such a natural scorer, has a fine basketball brain that is a second ahead of most other opponents and she gets things done from sheer determination at times. My kind of player!

Ify Ibekwe - Istanbul Universitesi


Likeable in many ways because of her attitude and versatility, Ibekwe is an excellent signing for Istanbul Universitesi as they make a return to EuroCup Women this season. The forward has impressed previously with Girona and has court time in the WNBA behind her with Los Angeles Sparks too. 

Dragana Stankovic - Artego Bydgoszcz

This is a real chance for Stankovic to become a top performer again - at least in terms of having the minutes and responsibility to shine. Touted as a future superstar during her highly productive youth career, she has not yet reached her peak, but I am sure she is ready to get on an upward curve. Having been arguably overshadowed by Courtney Paris in Hatay, she can now be a standout and marquee player at EuroCup Women newbies, Artego Bydgoszcz. 

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe - Nantes Reze

DREAM BIG 🙌🏾

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So what do you do when you must wave goodbye to one of your best performers in Katherine Plouffe? Well, you go out and ink another Canadian frontcourt star in Raincock-Ekunwe. With previous EuroCup Women experience at Wasserburg and with Flammes Basket Carolo, as well as WNBA court time behind her, it's a super signing for Nantes. She will bring power and poise to the table!

Marica Gajic - Mersin Buyuksehir


When Gajic was drafted to the WNBA during 2015, it was a choice that few people Stateside saw coming. Yet avid followers of European youth basketball knew the Bosnia and Herzegovina ace was a top talent. Now she has a track record at senior international level and also in the highly-rated Turkish League. She has made a summer switch to Mersin from Girne Universitesi and I can't wait to see her debut EuroCup Women campaign. She's a seriously exciting performer!

Kahleah Copper – Basket 90 Gdynia

I get to wake up every morning & do what I love, & guess what else? I get paid to do it. #BeyondBlessed

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Copper had a fine debut season in EuroCup Women last year at Castors Braine and is a nice pick-up for Gdynia. Not least, because she is so efficient and it has not gone unnoticed that she shot around 50% for Braine and has since shot 50% in the WNBA with Chicago Sky during recent months. Such consistency and quality is hard to find.

Paul Nilsen

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Paul Nilsen

Paul Nilsen

As a women's basketball specialist for FIBA and FIBA Europe, Paul Nilsen eats, sleeps and breathes women’s hoops and is incredibly passionate about promoting the women’s game - especially at youth level. In Women’s Basketball Worldwide, Paul scours the globe for the very latest from his beloved women’s basketball family.