ALBA Berlin added another promising player ahead of the 2022-23 season signing guard Ziga Samar to a four-year contract. The Slovenian guard spent the past season with Spanish side Fuenlabrada.
Samar, 21, has a strong resume despite his young age. He was named in the All-ACB Best Young Players Team last season and won bronze at the U18 European Championship in 2019. He was also named the best guard of the tournament.
Dobrodošli, willkommen Žiga Samar! 👋
Der 21-jährige Aufbauspieler kommt vom spanischen Erstligisten @BFuenlabrada und erhält bei uns einen Vierjahresvertrag. pic.twitter.com/PBdUgKgRjH
— ALBA BERLIN (@albaberlin) July 22, 2022
“We are very happy to sign Žiga. His style of play and character fit ALBA perfectly. He has enormous potential. At the same time, ALBA suits him perfectly. We will help him to further exploit his potential and give him the opportunity to develop into a top-level player,” ALBA’s Sporting Director Himar Ojeda said.
Samar started his career in Real Madrid’s development team. In his sophomore year, he averaged around 8.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 28 games with Real Madrid B’ before signs with Fuenlabrada three years ago.
He was loaned to CB Zamora for one season to receive more experience playing with pros. He averaged 10.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 25 games before moving back to Fuenlabrada for the 2021-22 season.
After averaging 3.1 points in 10 minutes of play in the first year, he improved significantly last season and left his mark on his team with almost 7.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
“I am very happy to have signed in Berlin. It was always my dream to play in the EuroLeague. ALBA is a great organization. I’m really looking forward to coming to Berlin and meeting all the people working together on this project,” Samar said in his opening statement after signing his contract.
ALBA has already put together a promising team ahead of the new season with the addition Gabriele Procida. The team also kept most of its German BBL championship core from the 2021-22 campaign.
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