Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bambale Osby Signs to Play in France

Bambale Osby (2006-08) has signed to play for Aix-Maurienne Savoie in the French Pro B league this fall. The team's press release (translation) has this to say about Osby:
The club is pleased to announce the signing of the U.S. forward, Bambale Osby. Some call him "Boom" Osby.

Born in 1986 in Richmond, this 2.03M interior player (approximately 115kg, according to some sources) attended the University of Maryland between 2006 and 2008. Little by little, "Boom" won playing time (going from 7 to 27 min) and developed statistics of 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds during his senior year.

Not drafted, he decided to try his luck in Europe. With his first non-US team in Romania, Cluj, he averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in just 20 minutes, and played two games in the Eurochallenge tournament, where he averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds. His 2009/2010 season is divided between three countries, freelancing in Israel (4 games), Romania (7 games) and Austria (7 games).

Last season, the native of the state of Virginia was the star of Tallinn's TTU/Kalev club (one of Estonia's two biggest clubs which play in the Baltic League Championships), averaging 18.6 points and 12 rebounds.
Osby is joining two other Terps who signed with French Pro B teams this summer, Landon Milbourne (with Limoges) and Chris McCray (with Boulogne).

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