The first new face of Germani Brescia 2022-2023 is CJ Massinburg, a 25-year-old American guard, one of the most interesting players seen in the last season in Europe, who spent the American in Limoges CSP, the top team of the French championship. Massinburg, who is preparing to live his first experience in the Italian league, has signed a contract that will bind him to Pallacanestro Brescia until June 2024.
“We are happy to have managed to secure the performance of CJ, who on the European scene is one of the young Americans who did best during the last season – the words of Marco De Benedetto, general manager of Pallacanestro Brescia -. His growth path is evident and I think it can be an added and functional value for the player himself and for our project. Despite being a dangerous attacker, CJ is a player who values all aspects of the game, including the defensive one. He has the attitude we expect from all those who will be part of next season’s group ”.
“CJ is a player who comes from an excellent first European year in France, he wants to learn, to work and to grow – the thought of coach Alessandro Magro -. He wants and knows how to make himself available to the team and is able to do what a team needs to compete, in many different ways. He has very high potential and we are happy to have him with us and to be able to work and grow together “.
In college he completed his studies wearing the Buffalo Bulls jersey from 2015 to 2019, with an improved performance from season to season (from 11.3 points in his first year to 18.2 points in his senior season) and a series of important awards, such as the presence in the First-team All MAC (for two consecutive seasons, in 2018 and in 2019) and the nomination as MAC Player of the Year (2019).
Not selected in the 2019 Draft, in October 2019 he ends up in the crosshairs of the Brooklyn Nets, who sign and release him within a few days and hijack him into their own G-League team, the Long Island Nets. In the US development championship Massinburg played two seasons, collecting 7.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the first season and 10.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the second.
In September 2021 he moved to Europe, called by Limoges CSP to make up for the absence due to the injury suffered during the preseason to Gerry Blakes. In November 2021 his term contract is confirmed until the end of the season, which the US guard will close with an average of 14.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 15.3 evaluation, making an effective contribution to the excellent result achieved by the club. French, able to close the regular season in fourth place and reach the playoffs for the title, defeated in the quarter-finals at the hands of JDA Dijon.
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