Denzel Andersson completes the Surne Bilbao Basket team

The Surne Bilbao Cart His team is now officially closed for the 2022-23 competitive season, a season in which, under Jaume Ponsarnau, the “men in black” will combine their participation in the Endesa League with their second participation in the Basketball Champions League. The Miribilla entity formalized on Tuesday the incorporation of Swedish international Denzel Andersson, a powerful striker aged 25 and measuring 2.04 meters who arrives to fill the role of open four which Gytis Masiulis occupied last season and was previously in the hands of Arnoldas Kulboka. Andersson arrives in the Biscay team proceeding from the Arged BM Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski polaco, team he has been playing in since February 2021, winning the league and being a FIBA ​​Europe Cup finalist in his first year and participating in the BCL, in addition to lifting the Cup, last year.

Given the definition that Rafa Pueyo makes of it, the sporting director of the Miribilla entity, Andersson, who signed for one season as the ‘man in black’, he is “a young player, but he already has experience in European competition and at international level with his national team. It’s a ‘four’ who stands out for his outside shot and for his good physical tone, which he shows played above the hoop in attack and with his defensive intimidation. We think he will bring us a lot of energy and ambition, as he sees his arrival at ACB as an opportunity”.


Son of the deceased former American player Jerome “Jay” Anderson accompany you in your short-lived stint in the NBA was proclaimed champion with the Boston Celtics in 1976 Before a brief stint with the Indiana Pacers and a coaching stint that took him to Sweden, Denzel began playing in the lower categories of the Sundsvall Dragons, before joining BC Lulea in 2012, group with which he made his professional debut, remaining in their ranks until 2020 and signing In his senior year, he recorded 14.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.

These figures led him to leave Sweden and land in the Italian Varese, but there he enjoyed little importance and his experience was short. In January 2021 he returned to BC Lulea and a month later landed at the Polish stable in Ostrow, with whom he won the league on the same course and was a Fiba European Cup runner-up, averaging 8.9 points in 24 minutes with a remarkable 41.7% from three points. Last season he continued with the same team, winning the Cup, and was able to maintain his numbers playing a similar role: 8.2 points with 41.8% from three-point distance.

Absolute international with Sweden, where he shares calls with what will be his new partner in the capital of Biscay Ludde Hakanson, in the qualifying matches for the 2023 World Cup he showed his qualities as an open “four” averaged 11.3 points and 2.3 rebounds with a 41.7% success rate in triples, undoubtedly the great specialty of his game although he can also penetrate, play chases and hit the post.

Five renewals, seven signatures

After the formalization of Andersson’s signing, Surne Bilbao Basket’s next project will consist of five players who were already “men in black” the previous year and seven new faces in this summer market. In its attempt to maintain most of the previous year’s block successful, the Miribilla entity missed two highly coveted coins that were impossible to maintain due to their economic pretensions, such as Damien Inglis (Gran Canaria) and Ángel Delgado (Pinar Karsiyaka)., in addition to Rafa Luz (Morabanc Andorra), but he was able to retain Ludde Hakanson, Andrew Goudelock, Jeff Withey, Álex Reyes and Tomeu Rigo.

To accompany them in the new structure of the group they arrived Nikola Radicevicwho will accompany the Swede in basic position; Francois Alonso, that he will serve as a bodyguard for the “Mini-Mamba”; Xavi Rabasedacalled to be the starting striker and the main defensive reference within the equipment designed by Ponsarnau; Michal Kyser, in charge of complementing himself with Withey in the central position; and a new battery of power attackers, which will be formed next year by Emir Suleimanovicwho returns to Miribilla after a previous notable stint with the Vizcaya team, Ignatius Rose and Denzel Andersson himself.

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