There Givova Scafati is pleased to announce the signing of the American athlete until the end of the season Gerry Rouce Blakes II.
The 193 centimeter tall, 88 kilogram guard was born in Inglewood (California) in 1993 and had just been released from the two-month contract with Estra Pistoia, from which he had been released to compensate for the injury-related absence of his compatriot Jordon Varnado. His training took place at Arizona State University (NCAA): In his final year as a senior, he averaged 11 points and 5.3 rebounds. His first experience outside his home country dates back to 2016, when he was signed by Enosis Neon Paralimni, a club in the Cypriot top league, averaging 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists. In the 2017/2018 season, a good experience followed in the top Swedish league with the Norrköping Dolphins, which ended with an average of 16.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists. His first experience in Italy was with Red October Cantù (Serie A) in 2018, where he stood out with averages of 12.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists. In 2019/2020 he played in the Bundesliga for Ewe Baskets Oldenburg, with whom he also played in the Eurocup (12.3 points and 2.1 assists on average). Then it was the turn of the French top championship, first in Strasbourg, then in Cholet (10.5 points on average) and finally in 2021/2022 in Limoges, with which, however, he played only a few games due to an injury that he suffered forced him to the pits until the following season (2022/2023), in which he instead wore the MKS Dabrowa Gornicza jersey in the highest Polish competition, which proved crucial in saving him in the top series, competing in 14 races with an average of 20.5 points 3.6 Assists: This is exactly where he reached his record for points (51) in a single game, with 5/5 free throws, 11/15 from 2-pointers and 8/14 from 3-pointers. In the current season he started in France with Cholet (9.2 points and 2.1 assists on average), with whom he also took part in the Champions League (10.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists on average). ), before moving to Pistoia.
Statement from the new yellow-blue member Gerry Blakes: «I'm very happy to be at Scafati and excited about the idea of playing with important players. I know the coach and I really appreciate that he got so much information about me before letting me sign the contract. I am very grateful to him and the company for the opportunity that was given to me. Among my new teammates, I know Pinkins well, with whom I played together in Limoges, but I know the team's style of play well, since as an opponent I have seen numerous videos of the games during the fight in Pistoia and in the preparation phase of the direct clash of Scafati. I will be available to the coach immediately and will try to give energy and defensive strength to a team that is in seventh place in the table and to which I would like to contribute, so that as many games as possible can be won».
Statement from the managing director Alessandro Giuliani: «With Blakes we give our group of wingers more quality, athleticism, height and running ability, but above all a boy who is already trained, already in Italy and ready to give us his contribution to help us achieve our goal, which is Scafati to keep Serie A in a balanced and difficult championship, the likes of which I haven't seen for a long time. As always, the second half of the season is terrible, with teams that pursue their goals more closely and therefore act even harder and more focused: that is why, with the retirement of Logan, the owners wanted to bring in a player who at the beginning of the season he was in France and played also trophies».