David Lighty (195 cm, Ohio State ’11) agreed to terms with ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France-Pro A). Lighty is joining another team that competed in the Champions League last season, just like his former team. The French squad had a superb Champions League season as they went 10-4 in their group. This was good enough to win the group which qualified them for the playoffs. There, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Iberostar Tener (Spain-Liga Endesa) in two games. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne did not have the same fortune during the Pro A season. They finished at a subpar 19-15 which put them in eighth in the standings.
His experience a year ago came with two Italian teams. Lighty began with Dolomiti Energia Trento (Italy-Serie A) and stayed there for 15 games. The team and Lighty decided to split ways in December of 2016 which led him to join Banco di Sardegna (Italy-Serie A). The veteran player finished the year with Banco and even found himself playing big games in the Champions League. In just four Champions League games, Lighty scored just 7.0 ppg in 24.8 mpg
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne will welcome in Lighty for his second run with the team. The swingman played with the same French team in the 2014/2015 season and found himself in during crucial minutes. In 37 Pro A games, Lighty scored 11.1 ppg while grabbing 3.0 rpg and dishing 2.7 apg. Lighty and the team went on to win the French Cup that season. The 29-year-old won the title the year prior with JSF Nanterre (France-Pro A) and was awarded the Finals MVP. Lighty’s past success in France should continue into the later days of his career.