Thursday, July 21, 2011

Andre Collins to JuveCaserta

Andre Collins (2001-04, then transferred to Loyola) has signed a new deal for next season (translation) with Pepsi JuveCaserta in Italy's Serie A league.
After his last year in college with the Loyola Greyhounds, he arrived in Italy where he won the Lega Due title in his first season, and with extensive training, the award for best player of the year for 2007-2008. In December 2007 against Aget Imola, he set a remarkable scoring record - in the history of Ferrara Basket Club - 10 shots from three scored. In his first year of play in Serie A, Collins was confirmed as one of the best players: the third leading scorer among players with more than 33.5 minutes per game. During last season in Pesaro, following a season with Virtus Bologna, "Deuce" scored an average of 27 points per game. All these numbers portend, in conjunction with other additions to the team, a great season for JuveCaserta.
(Italy has two primary basketball leagues: Serie A, which is the top pro league, and Lega Due which is the second tier league. The two leagues have a relegation and promotion system where the top Lega Due teams rise up to Serie A and the bottom Serie A drop to Lega Due after every season. After his first year in Italy with Ferrara, the team won Lega Due and was promoted, so Collins's second season was also with Ferrara, but now in Serie A.)

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