Lokomotiv lands playmaker Draper

Aug 03, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
Lokomotiv lands playmaker Draper
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar kept getting ready for its Turkish Airlines Euroleague return next season by inking point guard Dontaye Draper to a one-year deal on Monday. Draper (1.81 meters, 30 years old) arrives from Anadolu Efes Istanbul, where he averaged 7 points, 3 rebounds and a steal in 28 Euroleague games last season. He helped Efes win the Turkish Cup title and reach the Euroleague playoffs. Before joining Efes, Draper spent a total of two seasons with Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid and helped the team to a pair of Euroleague Championship Game appearances as well as the 2013 Spanish League Crown and the 2014 Copa del Rey. Draper rose to European prominence as the 2010-11 Eurocup MVP with Cedevita Zagreb. He led Cedevita from the Eurocup Qualifying Round to the Finals with 15.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.2 steals in 14 Eurocup games. He was Eurocup leader that season in assists and performance index ranking (20.9 per game). Draper played two seasons for Cedevita and helped the club reach the Croatian League finals twice, the 2011 Adriatic League title game and win the 2012 Croatian Cup. He previously suited up for Prima Veroli in the Italian second division, Telenet Ostend in Belgium, Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket in France and Sydney Kings in Australia. He helped Sydney to reach the Australian League finals in 2008 and won the Italian second division cup with Veroli.