Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Jamar Smith Signs with a New Italian Team

Jamar Smith (2002-04), who played last season in Italy's Lega2 for Fastweb Casale Monferrato, is moving to a different team within the same league, Trenkwalder Pallacanestro Reggiana of Reggio Emilia, Italy. From the team's press release (translation):
Playing for Fastweb Casale Monferrato last season, Smith played a total of 37 games, including playoff and regular season, averaging 29.4 minutes a game, 12.5 rebounds and 7.5 points scored. [...]

In the words of coach Ramagli, "We have added to our roster a veteran player who has already had substantial experience in Lega and which may be of great help to our young players. He is a very technical player who has returned from a very positive experience in Casale Monferrato, where he helped lead his team to the league semifinals and earn a promotion to Serie A. He has good hands on offense and improved his defensive impact a lot last season. His integration will be an important addition to our team."

In his comments to the media upon his arrival with the new team (translation), Jamar said all the standard, generic things about his new city and teammates.
"I'm really excited to be here," Jamar said in her first interview with the media as a new forward for Trenkwalder. "My first impression of the people and the city has been very positive, I liked my new colleagues, it seems like a young and highly motivated team. I will do my best to contribute to the team."

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