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Barcelona B’ball Team Agrees Personal Terms With Nigerian

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Barcelona Basketball club (Liga Endesa) has finally agreed terms with 29-year old Nigerian/American power forward, Olaseni Lawal, (208-102kg-86).

This is even as another Nigerian, Talib Zanna, is close to signing for an Italian basketball club, Openjobmetis Varese.

Zanna played last time at Oklahoma City Blue in D-League. In 52 games, he recorded 13.1ppg and 11.0rpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Southwest Division. It was a great season indeed for him, as he was voted to D-League All-Star Game and All-Rookie 2nd Team. Zanna was called during the season by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Meanwhile, Lawal managed to play in three leagues last year. He played this season at Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A. In 47 games he had 11.3ppg, 9.5rpg (#5 in the league), 1.2apg, 1.1spg and 1.9bpg, helping them to win the supercup.

It was an impressive season as he was named to Italian SerieA All-Star Game. Lawal also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded 9.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg and 1.5bpg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg and 2.2bpg.

The previous (13-14) season, Lawal played at BK Astana (D1) in Kazakhstan league. In 13 games he recorded 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg (#5 in the league), 1.2apg and 1.6bpg in 2013-14 season. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. It was another spectacular season as he was voted All-Kazakhstan League Center of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Lawal also played 20 games in VTB United League where he recorded 9.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.9bpg in 2013-14 season.

In 12-13 season he played at Tezenis (A2 Gold) in Italian league. In 32 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 13.6rpg (leader), 1.9spg and 1.8bpg in 2012-13 season. And one greater year too as he was voted All-Italian Lega2 Defensive Player of the Year and named to All-Imports Team.

Lawal has played previously professionally in Qatar (Al Arabi) and Spain (CB Guadalajara and

He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.