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10 of the best signings of the EuroCup Women off-season

MUNICH (Germany) - There have been some exciting additions in the off-season involving a host of different clubs getting ready to take the court for the EuroCup Women Regular Season.

Here is a selection of just some of those that have caught the eye and you can also vote for which is the best in the fan vote at the bottom of the page.

Julie Allemand - LDLC ASVEL  Feminin

 

POINT GUARD

Height: 1.74cm / 5ft 9in
Date of Birth: July 7, 1996

One of the best playmakers in the female global game now, Allemand spent last season at BLMA but is back on board in Lyon and looking to show her best work for the ambitious French outfit. After they missed out on a EuroLeague Women return, the Belgian point guard can take them deep in this tournament and it would be a shock if they did not seriously challenge for silverware. Allemand has lit it up on the biggest international stage with the Belgian Cats, in the WNBA and at club level. So, expect her second spell with LDLC ASVEL Feminin to be a highly productive one!

Cecilia Zandalasini - Virtus Segafredo Bologna

 

SHOOTING GUARD

Height: 1.85cm / 6ft 1in
Date of Birth: March 16, 1996

Having spent the last few years living in Istanbul and the pressure cooker surroundings of representing Fenerbahce, Zandalasini has headed back home to Italy for the start of a new project. Bologna want to become a force in the women's game outside of their homeland and having the scoring talent and leadership of Zandalasini is a great move. She will be the centerpiece of the franchise in every way and she will no doubt put the team on her back in games if needed. Yet she will also be a creator as usual and after disappointment at the FIBA Women's EuroBasket with Italy this past summer, taking her new team to success both domestically and in EuroCup Women would be a big boost.

Aari McDonald - Uni Gyor

 

GUARD

Height: 1.68cm / 5ft 6in
Date of Birth: August 20, 1998

One of the new faces landing in the competition, there are high hopes for McDonald who was the third overall WNBA draft pick this year, snapped up  by the Atlanta Dream. That came off the back of taking Arizona to their inaugural NCAA Championship Final having poured in more than 20 points per game during her college career. She opened up in the Hungarian League this past weekeed with 16 points, 7 boards and 5 assist - just the kind of do-it-all game that Gyor will need from her.

Kyara Linskens - Nadezhda

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CENTER

Height: 1.93cm / 6ft 4in
Date of Birth: November 13, 1996

Linskens has been an integral part of Belgium's rise to prominence on the international stage at the European and global level in recent years. With that experience of playing against the World's best she continues to cement her status as a highly capable and sometimes underrated player. Her previous time in Russia with Enisey Krasnoyarsk will serve her well and if she can repeat that kind of form when she averaged a season double-double, it will be huge for her new team. Her shot blocking ability always stands out too.

Teaira McCowan - Orman Genclik

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CENTER

Height: 2.01cm / 6ft 7in
Date of Birth: September 28, 1996

The first pro-season in Europe for the highly rated center will be at Orman Genclik who have signed one of the strongest and most consitent players in the game. She averaged a near WNBA double-double with Indiana Fever and also landed 23 points and 15 boards per game while playing her first season overseas with Beijing Great Wall in the WCBA. She will be tough to contain for the opposing defense and will be ready to impose herself form the moment she takes to the floor.

Ariel Atkins - Prometey  

 

GUARD

Height: 1.80cm / 5ft 11in
Date of Birth: July 30, 1996

What a fantastic coup it is for the ambitious Ukraine club who have landed not only a  premier WNBA performer who netted more than 16 points per game in the latest season, but also a Tokyo 2020 gold medalist. Atkins first played   in the competition during the 2018-19 campaign while with Gorzow and has since played for Elazig in Turkey, wedged either side of a spell in Australia for the Perth Lynx. With as many minutes as she likes, the productivity of the dynamic guard is likely to rocket and she will be firmly top of opponents' scouting reports.

Kelsey Mitchell - Neve David Ramla

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GUARD

Height: 1.72cm / 5ft 8in
Date of Birth: November 12, 1995

A superb signing for Ramla, Mitchell's scoring capacity is undoubted and she has amassed an eye-catching near-18 points per game for the Indiana Fever. Last season in EuroCup Women she was a big factor in taking Elzaig to their historic rookie run to the Quarter-Finals with more than 20 points per outing. This will also be her fourth team in the competition - having also stepped out with Botasspor and Besiktas - so she has plenty of experience too. Ramla have gotten themselves an important clutch baller.

Stephanie Mavunga - Polkowice

 

FORWARD

Height: 1.91cm / 6ft 3in
Date of Birth: February 24, 1995

After two seasons in EuroLeague Women with BLMA and Dynamo Kursk, Mavunga returns back to EuroCup Women having torn it up at Enisey Krasnoyarsk with a spectacular 24 points and 12 rebounds per game during the 2018-19 campaign. Typically. she opened up with Polkowice in the Polish League last weekend with a double-double. Her athleticism is always welcome and she will not just put up big numbers when it comes to points and rebounds, she will also hand out assists and block plenty of shots. It would be a surprise if she was not Polkowice's top performer.

Temi Fagbenle - CBK Mersin Yenisehir Bld

 

CENTER

Height: 1.93cm / 6ft 4in
Date of Birth: September 8, 1992

A towering presence in any game with any team, the Great Britain center helped Reyer Venezia make the Final of the competition last season and to that now legendary five series win in the Italian Championship against Schio. She is part of a seriously stacked Mersin roster and one that should mean Fagbenle gets back to the latter stages of EuroCup Women this time around. Always efficient and a handful at both ends of the court, she will be a really crucial part of the team's roster. Although with so many newcomers on its roster, much will hinge on chemistry being good.

Aislinn Konig - Castors Braine

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SHOOTING GUARD

Height: 1.78cm / 5dt 9in
Date of Birth: May 20, 1998

If you want scoring, you have got it with Konig. She showed last season with BCF Elfic Fribourg she can get plenty of buckets in EuroCup Women and poured in more than 16 points per game. She has continued in the same vein already in domestic games with Castors Braine and you can take it to the bank that the guard will lead them in scoring. She is surely also now pushing hard for a spot with Canada at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup next year. A change of coach might do it, because at Tokyo 2020 they could have done with this kind of smooth shooting ability and she did average double-digits at the FIBA Women's AmeriCup, so she was unfortunate to be overlooked for the Olympics.

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