Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Josh Heytvelt signs with Lottomatica Roma
Lottomatica Roma, powerhouse club in Italy's Serie A, overhauled its frontcourt on Monday (Aug. 17), agreeing to re-sign center Joshua Heytvelt (6'11"-240, college: Gonzaga) and releasing big man Andre Hutson.
Joshua Heytvelt arrived to Roma in May this year from Oyak Renault Bursa in Turkey. He appeared just twice in Serie A (the highest pro league in Italy, one of the top three in Europe) with 1 ppg and 2.5 rpg, but it seems he showed enough during the off-season to secure another deal with the club.
Heytvelt shined in the Turkish Basketball League last season averaging 17.3 points, 20 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks for 30 games. He ended this season as the second best rebounder and fifth shot blocker.
Eurobasket awarded him with Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team and Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Defensive Player of the Year.
Last season was the first one for Heytvelt as a pro. He graduated in 2009 at Gonzaga averaging 10.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in his senior year.