UNICAJA bulks up with Joel Freeland
by: Euroleague.net
July 27, 2009
Joel Freeland (Photo: FIBA Europe)Unicaja announced the signing of center Joel Freeland to a multi-year deal on Monday. Freeland (208, 22) arrives from Kalise Gran Canaria, where he averaged 12.5 points and 6 rebounds in four Eurocup games last season. He was a main reason that Gran Canaria advanced to the regular season in the competition after posting 21.5 points on 75% shooting in the Eurocup second qualifying round games against Benetton Fribourg. In his three seasons with Gran Canaria, Freeland helped the team reach the Spanish League playoffs in 2007 and 2009. Freeland is also a regular member of the British national team and is set to take part in the upcoming EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. He averaged 10 points and 5.7 rebounds in six EuroBasket qualifying games to help Great Britain to qualify for the event for the first time since 1981. Gran Canaria had the option to match Unicaja's offer and keep the player, but opted not to do so, allowing Unicaja to sign one of the most promising big men in European basketball.
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