Unicaja Malaga adds fire power with Jackson, Diez

Jul 08, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
Unicaja Malaga adds fire power with Jackson, Diez

Unicaja Malaga strengthened its roster by inking shooting guard Edwin Jackson and small forward Dani Diez on Wednesday. Jackson (1.90 meters, 25 years old) penned a one-year contract with his new team. He arrives from FC Barcelona, where he averaged 3 points in 11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games last season after joining Barcelona from ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne. With ASVEL, he averaged 14.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 10 Eurocup games last season. He was also the top scorer in the 2014-15 French League with 18.4 points per game until his departure and led the league with 18.2 points the previous season, too. Jackson grew up with INSEP and joined ASVEL in 2007. Jackson also played for JSF Nanterre and SPO Rouen Basket in France before returning to ASVEL in 2010. He is a regular member of the French national team, which he helped win a bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup last summer. He led the French Under-18 national team to the 2006 European championships, won a silver medal at the 2009 U20 European Championships and a bronze at the 2007 U19 World Championships, too.

Diez (2.03 meters, 21 years old) signed a two-year deal with Unicaja, which keeps an option to extend the deal until the end of the 2017-18 season. He comes off a breakout season with Gipuzkoa Basket, averaging 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds in 30 Spanish League games. He ranked fourth in rebounds and hit 41.1% of his shots from downtown (58-of-140). Diez started his career with Real Madrid, making his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut in the 2013-14 season, in which he helped Los Blancos reach the title game against Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and win the Copa del Rey title. Diez is also a member of the Spanish national team. He helped Spain win gold medals at the 2009 U16 European Championships and the 2011 U18 European Championships. Diez was also the top score of the 2013 U20 European Championships, helping Spain get a bronze medal.