Credit: AS Monaco
Credit AS Monaco

AS Monaco's new squad was presented during a special press conference that took place at the sovereign city-state.

Mike James

Mike  James
Team: Monaco Basket
Position: PG, SG
Age: 31
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Birth place: Oregon, United States of America

Mike James, the EuroLeague debutants' new arrival, was at the center of attention. At 31, the American combo guard decided to move to an up-and-coming team and a different climate, trading Moscow's cold for the warmer temperatures of Monaco. But James didn't refer to the weather during the presentation. He rather preferred to emphasize his new team's potential.

“I think the team has immense potential,” he said at the presser. "It’s a new start for me in a very ambitious team. It’s a great challenge for me. They have won the EuroCup and want to make a new start in the Euroleague. Anything can happen in this competition. There are so many ambitions here, and it makes me want to give my best," the former CSKA Moscow guard stressed.

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Also in attendance was Leo Westermann, the team's new captain. The French international and former member of FC Barcelona praised James and the rest of the squad: “There is a very good group of 15 players. The arrival of Mike is only beneficial for us, as not many of us have this very high-level European experience. He will help us on a daily basis, in addition to being among the best players," he added.

Finalist of the French championship in 2018 and 2019, the Roca Team intends to finally win the title, apart from competing in the EuroLeague. "We have very good players in the squad," coach Zvezdan Mitrovic pointed out, adding that "the key will be to find good chemistry. This is what we have achieved in previous seasons."

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