Starting 5: August 14, 2015

Andorra signs versatile American big man and Zaragoza adds another top prospect

Shawn Jones joins Andorra after strong year in the NBA D-League| Photo courtesy of Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

Zaragoza signs young Latvian star

Zaragoza signed another exciting young prospect on Friday, adding 18-year-old Latvian small forward Verners Kohs (’97). He joins the squad from VEF Riga.

At the recent U18 European Championships, Kohs was one of the most impressive prospects, scoring 14.4 points in just 20 minutes per game. He shot 52.8 percent from the field, 45.6 percent on threes and led the tournament with 2.9 made threes per game.

He will be eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft

Andorra signs American Shawn Jones

Andorra added another big man on Friday, signing 23-year-old American Shawn Jones. Jones played for Sioux Falls in the NBA D-League last year, averaging 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

Jones played for the Washington Wizards at NBA summer league in July. Andorra’s GM saw him play four games and said he liked his athleticism, hands, ability to play the 4 and the 5, and his potential in the pick-and-roll.

Bilbao re-signs Alex Mumbrú

Spanish veteran Alex Mumbrú extended his contract with Bilbao on Friday.

Mumbrú, 36, has been a key member for the Men in Black since the 2009-10 season. Last year, he averaged 13.8 points per game in the regular season and 17 per game in the playoffs.

He shot 48 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three.

Estudiantes re-signs Stefan Bircevic

Estudiantes announced the re-signing of Serbian power-forward Stefan Bircevic.

Bircevic, 25, averaged 5.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game last season.

Edwin Jackson: “I want to win a title with Unicaja”

In a Q+A with Rafael Guerra of La Opinion de Málaga, Edwin Jackson explained his goals with Unicaja and his reasons for leaving the French national team.

Jackson, who turns 26 in September, opted not to join France for EuroBasket so he could move to Málaga early. He wanted to get settled in, be comfortable in the city and be with the team for the entirety of their preseason schedule.

“For my confidence, it’s going to be very good,” Jackson said. “I have a little pressure on me at the beginning, but I think that’s good.”

Jackson was the leading scorer in the French league (18.8 points per game) before joining FC Barcelona mid-way through last season.

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Austin Green runs LosCrossovers.com from Sevilla, Spain with the occasional help of his friends and colleagues.

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