Sunday, August 21, 2011

Haukur Palsson Signs with Spain's Manresa

A few weeks ago, Haukur Palsson (2010-11) surprised a lot of people by deciding to leave the Terps for a pro career in Europe. It didn't take long for him to find a team. Basquet Manresa of Spain's ACB league announced that they have signed Palsson (translation) for the upcoming season. The team's press release said this:
Manresa's 2011/12 season will launch with 11 players. The latest to arrive is Haukur Palsson, a forward of 198 cm and 19 years, born in Reykjavik, Iceland, from the American University of Maryland.

His first academic year ended with averages of 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, but should be noted that he also played for his country in the last Under-20 Division B tournament held in Bosnia. The new Manresa player ended the tournament with 22.7 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.

"He's a young player, with concern for the future, a physical fitness and athletic ideal because the team can work and have more resources, and facing difficult times of contingencies such as injury or other game players, thanks to physical ability, can help us in more than one position," coach James Ponsarnau said.

Haukur Palsson played in Under-16, Under-18, and Under-20 international competitions, all for Iceland, and now joins Manresa.

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