Trieste, here’s another center for Legovich

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New acquisition for Trieste

Pallacanestro Trieste announced that it has acquired the sports performance of Skylar Spencer, a class ’94 center who last season played for BK Astana (Kazakhstan) with whom he competed in the national championship and VTB League.

“This intervention in the market is strategic for us – the words of President Mario Ghiacci – made with a view to increasing our possibilities of choice in such a fundamental and at the same time complex department as that of the long players. Complex because the profiles that we are interested in are difficult to take: the opportunity to put Spencer under contract we took it at once because he is an important player who wants to prove his value in a prestigious league like ours. It is again a sign of how we do not want to settle, but build the most competitive team possible with the budget available.”

Skylar Rodrigo Spencer was born in Inglewood, California, on July 11, 1994. A 2.06m center, after his four-year collegiate career spent at San Diego State he began his professional career in 2016 in Malaysia: with the Kuala Lumpur Dragons jersey he averaged a double-double in the ASEAN League and the Asian Champions League. The following regular season saw him involved in the G League first with the Mad Ants of Fort Wayne and then with the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario before finishing the season in the Venezuelan LPB. His landing in Europe came in 2018 with Steaua Bucharest, with whom he played in the FIBA Europe Cup touching double-doubles with 16 points and almost 10 rebounds average. After splitting his time the following season between Lithuania and Finland, Spencer landed in Belgium and was again involved in the European arena before moving last season to BK Astana (Kazakhstan) with whom he plays the national championship and the prestigious VTB League.

“Skylar is a player we have already followed over the summer – coach Legovich’s comment – he brings physicality and presence in the area both in the offensive half of the court, exploiting his skills in pick and roll and rebounding, and defensively, where he can bring his size to bear as a rim protector and rebounder. He comes from a season at Astana where he showcased his qualities in a competitive and physical league like VTB, finishing the tournament as the best rebounder (9 per contest), offensive rebounder (4 per contest) and stopper (1.6 per contest) in the league. These are qualities we expect to see on the court in Italy as well. I have obviously spoken with the player explaining to him the technical project we have in mind for him. He is looking forward to joining the team and we hope to have him with his teammates on the court sooner rather than later.”

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