Vassilis Spanoulis is building a great Peristeri squad

The Basketball Champions League promises to be very balanced next season too and Greek side Peristeri will be one of the teams to watch.

The team from Peristeri (just outside of Athens) will return to the BCL group stage after a one-year absence (last year they were eliminated in the BCL qualifiers) and maybe the biggest signing the management made this summer was the hiring of Vassilis Spanoulis as the new head coach. It’s a risky move, as Spanoulis just recently retired and has no coaching experience. However, given his status as a European basketball legend, the players will most likely respect him and fans from all over Europe will follow Peristeri just because of Spanoulis.

Of course, to convince Spanoulis to sign and to have a competitive team that can fight for a BCL Final Four spot the roster also had to be improved. Starting with the point guard position, Peristeri signed Brandon Brown. The American comes after a great season with U-BT Cluj, where he reached the BCL quarterfinals and had great individual performance too, being one of the favourites to win the BCL MVP award (he was MVP of Month in December and was solid all season long).

Another important new signing is Marcus Denmon. The experienced guard knows the Greek league as he previously played in Panathinaikos in 2017-18. Since then he also played in China for two different teams and last time he was the player of Petkim.

To strengthen the core of homegrown players, Peristeri signed Leonidas Kaselakis. Just like Denmon, Kaselakis also played for Panathinaikos and he won the Greek league in 2021 with the Greens.

For the frontcourt, the Greeks also decided to bring in new players. Devin Davis comes from French side Le Portel (he also played two years in Greece previously, with Lavrio between 2019-2021). Croatian center Miro Bilan comes after a great season in BCL with Prometey, a team which unfortunately couldn’t finish the season because of the war in Ukraine. Bilan eventually finished the season playing in Italy for Dinamo Sassari.

Other new signings for Peristeri are Stelios Poulianitis, Aleksa Radanov, Giorgios Gkiouzelis, and Shakur Juiston.

Image credit: Peristeri BC

Imre Halasz

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