Scariolo signs Ekpe Udoh

The Spanish coach, also a new coach of Virtus de Bologna, will have the Nigerian center, MVP of the Final Four 2017, next season.


Sergio Scariolo hurries in Las Vegas the preparation for the Olympic Games with the Spanish National Team and at the same time he is very attentive to the news that reaches him from Italy, where his new club, Virtus, makes the squad. The Bologna team announced the hiring of the Brescia coach on June 18 to replace Sasha Djordjevic, who the entity did without despite finishing as Lega champion after beating Ettore Messina's Armani Milan 4-0 in the final. precisely the coach who had won the last scudetto with Virtus in 2001. A rivalry, the one expected this next season between Olimpia Milan and Virtus, which can relaunch Italian club basketball.

Bologna will fight in the Eurocup to reach the final and thus qualify for the Euroleague, something that with Djordjevic in front they did not achieve. For this, Scariolo and the leaders try to arms a competitive squad, to add new pieces to the already valuable ones available. And according to Il Resto del Carlino, the Nigerian-American center Ekpe Udoh, of 2.08 m, will be one of the reinforcements. He will commit himself for two seasons and the only doubt is his current form, since he is 34 years old and since he left Fenerbahçe in 2017 (two years in the NBA, in Utah Jazz, and another two years in China, without continuity due to the pandemic) has not looked like in Turkey, when in May 2017 he was named MVP of the Final Four after destroying Madrid and Olympiacos with two exhibitions: 14 points, 10.5 rebounds, 6 assists, 3.5 blocks and 32 , 5 average valuation in the semifinal and the final. The pivot is preparing for the Games with Nigeria, which has beaten teams like the United States and Argentina in Las Vegas, where Spain and its next coach are now.

Udoh, a very intelligent center, will try to strengthen the inner game of Virtus, where the Italian international Amedeo Tessitori and the American Vince Hunter, who has just been sanctioned for three months for testing positive in an anti-doping control, are already active. There is also the American Kevin Hervey, a newcomer from the Lokomotiv Kuban, and his compatriot Amar Alibegovic, of Bosnian origin and Italian nationality

The stars are on the perimeter, with Serbian guard Milos Teodosic, who just renewed until 2023, and Italian guard Marco Belinelli, who joined last November from the NBA. Along with them, more Italian internationals, who helped the azzurra achieve the ticket to the Games in the recent Pre-Olympic in Belgrade, such as point guard Alessandro Pajola, a revulsive, and forward Awudu Abass. Forward Kyle Weems continues for the third season and point guard Michele Ruzzier has arrived from Varese. Little by little the block takes shape, a great challenge for Scariolo, although the Games come first.

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