Isaac Fotu will begin his professional basketball career in a country that is familiar to him. Fotu is returning to Spain, the country that hosted the FIBA World Cup a couple of months ago, where he will join CAI Zaragoza on a three year contract.
Fotu made quite an impression during the World Cup where he averaged 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Tall Blacks, so it is no surprise that he has signed to play in one of Europe’s premier leagues.
After a successful two-year stint at the University of Hawaii, Fotu was ruled ineligible at the beginning of the month and declared his intention to turn professional with immediate effect.
Zaragoza has a couple of players on their roster who are well known to New Zealand basketball fans, Chris Goulding and Kevin Lisch. This time last year Chris Goulding was lighting up the NBL with his scoring feats for the Melbourne Tigers and Lisch of course played four seasons for the Perth Wildcats winning one championship and losing in two grand finals to the New Zealand Breakers.
Zaragoza have made a solid if unspectacular start to the season winning three of their first six games in the Spanish League and starting 2-2 in the Eurocup.
It’s coincidental that Zaragoza’s Spanish League fixture this coming weekend will be played in Bilbao, the scene of some of Fotu’s eye-catching performances in the World Cup. NZ basketball fans eagerly await Fotu’s professional debut.