ALBA Berlin announced the signing of former Baskonia forward/center Yannick Wetzel. Wetzel joined the team on a three-year deal, as the club made known via its official statement.
Wetzell, 26, last played for Baskonia in the Spanish ACB League. The New Zealand big man averaged 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 11 appearances at the end of the season. He will make his EuroLeague debut with the German BBL champions the upcoming season.
Done Deal ✍️💙💛
Der 26-jährige neuseeländische Nationalspieler @YWetzell hat einen Vertrag über drei Jahre unterschrieben. Willkommen in Berlin, Yanni! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/mwGVsABHXn
— ALBA BERLIN (@albaberlin) July 26, 2022
“I am very happy about my move to Berlin. I’ve only heard good things about the club and the city from former ALBA players. So, I can’t wait to get down there, hit the basketball court and experience the city’s diverse culture,” Wetzel said.
Wetzell made his first steps as a professional basketball player in the Australian first division with the South East Melbourne Phoenix. Prior to joining Baskonia, He was a member of the New Zealand Breakers.
“With his great mobility, he brings a skill set that suits us well and that we want to develop further. He definitely has the potential to implement our fast style of play and defend in a variety of ways,” ALBA’s sport director Himar Ojeda said on Wetzel.
He averaged 17.7 points and 8.2 rebounds in 22 matches in the NBL League. In April of 2022, Wetzell moved to ACB and Baskonia.