Barcelona lands Hanga, last season's Best Defender

Aug 22, 2017 by Euroleague.net Print
Barcelona lands Hanga, last season's Best Defender

Adam Hanga, the Turkish Airlines Euroleague's reigning Best Defender Trophy winner, has left Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz to join FC Barcelona Lassa for the next three seasons, the clubs announced Tuesday. Hanga (2.01 meters, 28 years old) averaged 10.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals in 33 games last season, at the end of which he was chosen as EuroLeague Best Defender by EuroLeague head coaches. In 75 career games over three EuroLeague seasons, Hanga has accumulated 654 points, 316 rebounds and 91 steals. He proved a major contributor to Baskonia reaching the EuroLeague Final Four in 2016 for the first time in eight years as he was the EuroLeague's fourth-best stealer and shot-blocker that season. Over the last two seasons, he has accumulated the fourth-most steals (80) and the sixth-most blocks (55) in EuroLeague play while being the shortest player ranked among the top 20 in total rebounds (285). Hanga started his career with Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar of his native Hungary and also played for Basquet Manresa of Spain and Sidigas Avellino of Italy. Hanga is a member of the Hungarian national team. At Barcelona, Hanga rejoins Sito Alonso, who was his head coach at Baskonia last season and now sits at the head of Barcelona's bench.