Moses wants to keep Bilbao at last year's level

"We do not care where that bar is located, between those who follow and the new ones we will try to build and reach as high as last year," says the Nigerian 'four'.


There were doubts in Bilbao about whether the signing as four that replaces Sulejmanovic is called Moses Kingsley or Kingsley Moses. The boy has put the second option on the shirt and the matter is cleared up. He does not give many smiles and his mission is clear: to defend, rebound and contribute physique, because he looks like a steel player. He also promises to shoot, although in Mendizorroza on Sunday he did not hit the ball at all from outside. The ribbon of last year, with the team in the Cup and final phase of Valencia as one of the revelations of the season, does not scare him, far from it: "We do not care where that ribbon is located, between those who follow and the new we are going to try to build and reach as high as last year, "he says in Miribilla at a press conference of these new times with temperature measurement, a mask and the regulatory distance between the attendees.

The Nigerian four knows that he has to familiarize many of his teammates with the Champions League, that he has played with Peristeri (last year he reached the top-16 and the previous one, the Final Four). "I will help the team in this experience that I have savored for two years." He admits that the presence of Mumbrú on the Miribilla bench, whom he knows for his prowess as a Spanish international, greatly prompted him to sign for RETAbet Bilbao. "I knew Aaron Jones and Jaylon Brown from having played against them in college, and the coach. I had heard a lot about him and he is one of the main reasons I have come," he stressed.

Moses, 25 years old and 2.08 meters tall, trained in the NCAA with the University of Arkansas before making the jump to Europe in the 2017-18 season with the Telenet Giants Antwerp of Belgium. He signed last July from the Greek Peristeri, with whom he averaged 8.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in the last Champions League. He was the second player with the most double-doubles (5), the fourth best in the rebounding ranking (8.1) and the fourth best blocker (1.4) in the European competition. The jump to the ACB is very exciting in his career: "It is a very competitive league, very different from Greece. More systems are played here and it is a more strategic game. I am willing and eager to learn this new way of competing "said Moses, who has been able to participate in the three preseason games played so far by the 'men in black'. He played 18 minutes against Estudiantes (5 points and 4 rebounds), 16 against Burgos (7 and 6) and 17 against Baskonia (3 and 5).

The sports director, Rafa Pueyo highlighted that the new number 33 "showed good rebounding and defensive ability both in his university and professional stages; defensively, he is a complete player who runs the court well, loads the attack rebound very hard and has a good game one-on-one under the basket and at the low post. "

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