The BC Wolves is further strengthening the team's frontline and has recently announced the signing of 24-year-old center Garrison Brooks. He will be playing for the Vilnius-based club until the end of this season.
The American slot man, who can also play as a power forward, spent his first professional season last year with the Westchester Knicks of the NBA G League. He averaged 13.6 points, 11.6 rebounds (9th in the league), and 2.6 assists, logging 30.5 minutes on the court in 37 games played.
This summer, the 6'9" center played in the NBA Summer League and averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 17.6 minutes of action per game for the New Orleans Pelicans.
G. Brooks attended and played basketball at the University of North Carolina for four years. In his junior season, he was selected to the Second Team All-ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and was named Most Improved Player.
He later took advantage of the opportunity to transfer to Mississippi State University for his final season of eligibility.
G. Brooks started this season in the South Korean Basketball League, but he did not stay long with Wonju DB Promy.
The latest addition to the Wolves line-up is expected to arrive in Lithuania very soon to join the team.
The flashy offensive play of the Vilnius Wolves' Adas Juškevičius and Christian Mekowulu during the game versus the London Lions was recognized as the top play in the 9th round of the BKT EuroCup.
The number one play showed the Wolves guard delivering a perfect bounce pass to the cutting big man who then rocked the rim with a ferocious dunk.
Additionally, another BC Wolves play was featured as the third-best sequence with the same duo - A. Juškevičius threw an alley-oop pass to C. Mekowulu who caught it with both hands and thunderously jammed it home to bring the Avia Solutions Group arena's fans to their feet.
Watch all the top ten plays HERE:
The previously postponed game of the BKT EuroCup Round 2 between the Vilnius Wolves and Hapoel Tel Aviv has been rescheduled and will now be played on January 3, 2024 in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.
Serbia is playing host to the Tel Aviv ball club following a military conflict in the Israel region after a large-scale terrorist attack that saw martial law being declared throughout the country.
EuroLeague Basketball has approved that Hapoel will play their home games at the Aleksandar Nikolic Arena in Belgrade. The decision was made after both the Belgrade Municipality and the Serbian government agreed to host the Israeli team with necessary security measures.
The Maccabi Tel Aviv club, which competes in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, has also been allowed to play its home matches in the same arena.
Hapoel are currently in 3rd place of the BKT EuroCup Group A, having won six of their eight matches. The Wolves are in 5th place with a 4-4 win-loss record.
The Basketball Holding Company, a controlling joint-stock business organization that manages the Vilnius-based BC Wolves basketball club, has recently founded the "Sandstorm Shooters DMCC" in the free economic zone of Dubai. Said new basketball club has been granted an operating license for commercial activities.
The recently established ball club will compete in the local United Arab Emirates league.
In 2013, seven (7) teams began competing in the UAE National Basketball League. All are owned by the public sector, making the Sandstorm Shooters the first privately-owned club to compete for the championship of the Arabian Peninsula nation.
According to current international rules, clubs registered in other countries or teams participating in national championships of other countries are allowed to play official matches of their championships or international tournaments, such as the EuroLeague or the European Cup, in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or another city in the country only after receiving the approval of the UAE Basketball Federation.
Additionally, to participate in the championships of this country, it is necessary that the joining of a new club be approved by all the other participating clubs. Without permits and approvals, only exhibition or recreational basketball matches can be hosted in the UAE. Therefore, a team from Dubai or another city in the UAE will have to play in the local basketball championship if they want to participate in European club basketball tournaments.
With this in mind, Sandstorm Shooters DMCC has applied to the UAE Basketball Federation to become a member club of the local tournament - the UAE National Basketball League.
According to Andrius Žiauberis, head of the Basketball Holding Company, this is the first big step towards realizing the vision of the company's development.
"One of our long-term goals is to expand the company's operating markets, creating maximum value for the business organization. Therefore, next to Vilnius Wolves, a club is being established in Dubai. All existing and future clubs managed by the Basketball Holding Company will be facilitated from the headquarters in Lithuania according to the back-office principle and standards - a unified player database, common management experiences, sales of consolidated brands, and player rotation between the company's clubs."
"Our strategic plans are focused on Europe and the Middle East regions. Similarly, only on a larger scale, the City Football Group holding company operations, managing more than 10 football clubs in New York, Mumbai, Melbourne, Manchester, Yokohama, and elsewhere," added A. Žiauberis.
At the same time, he assured that the BC Wolves club will continue its operations in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.
"We want to clarify that the Wolves club will not be moved to Dubai. It will remain in Vilnius and continue to compete in both Lithuanian and European tournaments, having its own separate budget, infrastructure, and administrative resources. Players can be loaned to the new club, and the creation of joint summer training camps cannot be ruled out," said A. Žiauberis.
The establishment of a new club is the first step in the growth of the Basketball Holding Company. In the future, it is consistently planning to continue its development by selling the basketball product to other European or Middle Eastern cities with high purchasing power that do not have EuroLeague teams.