Created on 2015-07-02 at 10:00 AM
FC Bayern Basketball would like to welcome Alex Renfroe to the team. The American Guard has signed a two-year contract until summer 2017. The 29-year-old playmaker originally signed a four month contract with Alba Berlin last season, before resigning in January 2015.
“We are very happy to welcome Alex to the FC Bayern family. The negotiations were excellent. Alex is a versatile athlete who fits very well with the players who are in the guard position. He is a player who fits very well in our concept,” said Bayern CEO Marko Pesic after signing the player on Tuesday.
Renfroe, who now heads home for holiday said: “I had an amazing time in Berlin, but now I am very happy that I am a part of the Bayern team. My goal next year is to bring the title back to Munich. That is my biggest goal. I also want to play at a very high level and reach goals with the team.”
FC Bayern Basketball will start their 2015-16 campaign in the Euroleague. The decision was made public after a meeting between the Commercial Assets Executive Board on Monday evening. Additionally, the panel evaluated other things such as their economic growth strategy and the athletic competitiveness of the association. The new changes will be implemented on Wednesday 8th July at the ECA shareholder meeting in Barcelona.
Bayern are not the only team to clinch a wildcard spot in the competition. Strasbourg (France), Kuban Krasnodar (Russia), and Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul also secured a spot in the competition.
“We are still waiting for confirmation by the ECA shareholder meeting but we would already like to say big thank you for showing massive confidence in FC Bayern Basketball,” said FCBB CEO Marko Pesic after the wildcard list was released. “We want do everything to be as competitive as possible and to sell ourselves this season.”
The draw for the group stages will take place on Thursday, 9th July in Barcelona. After a tough 3-2 series loss in the final against Bamberg, FCBB will be making their third consecutive appearance in the Euroleague. After many injuries and a tough preliminary group, the performance last year did not live up to the one during the 2013-14 season where the team secured a Top 16 spot. Over 6,000 fans visited the Audi Dome during the Euroleague campaign.
Starting in October, 24 teams will take part in the competition. The second German team in the tournament is Bamberg who clinched a spot as champions of the BEKO Bundesliga. The group stage draw will have six pots of four teams. Every team will play ten games, with five of those games being at home. The four best teams qualify for the Top 16.
The 24 Euroleague Teams of the 2015/2016 season:Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Khimki Moscow, Brose Baskets Bamberg, Cedevita Zagreb, Red Star Basketball Belgrade, CSKA Moscow, Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul, Dinamo Sassari (Italy), Armani Milan, FC Barcelona, FC Bayern Basketball, Fenerbahce Istanbul, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria (Spain), Limoges CSP, Kuban Krasnodar, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Olympiakos, Panathinaikos Athens, Karsiyaka Izmir, Real Madrid, Zielona Gora, Strasbourg IG, Unicaja Malaga, Zalgiris Kaunas.
Gregory Alexander Renfroe is well known in Germany. In February 2013 the 1.91 meter tall point guard played for Bamberg as the team from Franconia clinched the championship. Renfroe is a leftie ball handler who can drive quickly to the hole. He completed his education at Belmont University in Nashville were he led the Bruins to the 2008 NCAA tournament and an Atlantic Sun conference title.
The family man has been playing in Europe since 2009. After a stop in Latvia with VEF Riga, he then completed the double in the following season with KK Zagreb. The seasons after that he played for Enel Brindisi in Italy, Blancos de Rueda Valladolid in Spain, our fierce rival Brose Bamberg Baskets before concluding his time with BK Jenissei Krasnojarsk in Russia and Laboral Kutxa Vitoria in Spain.
Last season saw Renfroe emerge for Berlin in the Euroleague. In 24 games he averaged 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. He shot 45.7 percent from beyond the arc. Additionally he averaged 1.4 steals per game. In the 2014/15 season Renfroe clocked 26 minutes per game while adding 10.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
ALEX RENFROE (23rd May 1986, Savannah, Georgia/USA)
Point Guard - 6'3 - 176 lbs - 63 BBL games played
- 2004 – 2006 Trececca Nazarene University, Nashville (NAIA)
- 2007 – 2009 Belmont Bruins
- 2009 – 2010 VEF Riga
- 2010 – 2011 KK Zagreb
- 2011 - 2012 Enel Brindisi
- 2012 – 2013 Blancos de Rueda Valladolid
- From Feb. 2013 Brose Baskets Bamberg
- 2013 – 2014 BK Jenissei Krasnojarsk
- From May 2014 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
- 2014 – 2015 Alba Berlin
- 2008 Conference champion
- 2009 Atlantic Sun MVP
- 2010 Regular season MVP of the Baltic Basketball League
- 2011 Croatian Champion
- 2011 Croatian Cup winner
- 2012 LegADue (2nd Italian League) Champion and Cup winner
- 2013 German Champion
- 2015 Euroleague MVP Matchday 13