German runners-up Alba Berlin is shaping up for the new season and its imminent Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds duel against VEF Riga as the team announced on Friday the addition of big man Torin Francis for the next two seasons. Francis (2.10 meters, 28 years old) arrives from Panellinios of the Greek League, where last year he averaged 15.7 points and 8.2 rebounds in six Eurocup Last 16 games. He had his biggest game against Benetton Basket in which he scored 29 points for a 44 index rating performance. In the Last 16, he ranked 3rd overall in index rating, 9th in scoring, 2nd in rebounds and also 4th in blocks. Francis played college ball in Notre Dame until 2006 and then he moved to Europe to play in Italy with Capo D'Orlando. He was one more year in Italy with Cantu and then moved to Greece with AEL Larissa, where he had his biggest numbers so far, 16.4 points and 8.6 boards. In 2008 he moved to Israel to join Hapoel Jerusalem and in 2009-10 he was back in Greece to play with AEK Athens. He started last season in Turkey with Bornova but was back yet again to Greece to play with Panellinios in the second phase of the Eurocup, immediately becoming a power in the competition.
Also in the same day, Alba made public that guard Imamnuel McElroy is leaving the team to play with Braunschweig.