Melsahn Basabe signs with Lukoil Academic

Melsahn Basabe

Melsahn Basabe (201 cm, Iowa ’14) inked a deal with Lukoil Academic Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL). This will be the first move to Bulgaria for Basabe, and he will join the defending champions of the NBL. Lukoil is back at it again this season as they sit in first place with a 13-2 record. Basabe is coming over from Doxa Lefkadas (Greece-A1) where he averaged 12.0 ppg and 8.9 rpg in 25.9 mpg. His experience playing in a quality league will surely help him make the transition to Lukoil.

Basabe played in Belgium last season with the Port of Antwerp Giants (Belgium-Euromillions). He averaged 16.5 ppg with the Giants and 7.2 rpg. His first professional season came in the 2014/2015 season with the Helsinki Seagulls (Finland-Korisliiga). Before going pro, the guard played four seasons at Iowa. Basabe and Iowa made it to the NIT final in his junior season.

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