The announcement of the club emphasizes that this will be the first season of a basketball player in the Italian A-series club, but the candidate of the Latvian national team last season made a good impression on Torton’s “Bertram” club in the second division of Italy.
“Gražulis is the first newcomer to Allianz (this season),” says club president Mario Gyachi. “Personally, I consider him a solid starting point for our summer additions. He is a player who has repeatedly worn the shirt of the Latvian national team and who has been able to fit well into Italian basketball since the first game in Torton.”
The Latvian, born in 1993, was born in Koknese, but grew up as a basketball player in Ventspils, defending the colors of the city until 2017 and then moving to the Perm “Parma” club in Russia and “VEF Rīga”.
In July 2019, he signed a contract with Torton’s “Bertram” and in the first season in Italy he averaged 16.8 points per game and won 8.3 rebounds with 57% two-point shots, 45% three-point shots and 76% free throw hits.
Gražulis finished the season as the second best three-point shooter in the second league of Italian basketball A2.
“These are figures that show his ability to move away from the basket and expand the field with a shot from outside,” added coach Eugene Dalmason, with whom the contract was extended a week ago. “He is a two-dimensional player who can both play with his back to the basket and accurately hit the perimeter, which makes him a modern fourth number, and this has been the basis of our choice. He has proven that he is good at adapting to the Italian championship, and we we are confident that he will also show good basketball in his first season in the A series. “
At the A2 Series Western Conference, the Torton team was ninth with 13 successes in 25 games before the race ended.
At the beginning of the season, another Latvian basketball player, Ingus Jakovičs, played in the ranks of the Trieste team.
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