In its bid to increase the contingent of French players for the start of the school year, AS Monaco could not have dreamed of a better reinforcement. The Roca Team has officially got their hands on one of the best resumes in French basketball: Adrian Moerman (2.02m, 33 years old), reigning double European champion with Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
Together with Rodrigue Beaubois, the boy from Montrouge has just experienced the biggest adventure of his career. Arriving at a club that was once a red lantern in the EuroLeague, he has played in every European final possible since. ” You think ? “, he told us, delighted, in Belgrade on the night of his second continental title in May. “Four years ago, Efes was the last one… Three Final Fours, three finals, two wins, what more could you want?! “Especially because he is far from making the numbers of Ergin Ataman’s squad, still averaging almost 25 minutes per game this season in the continental scene and always fighting (8.4 points to 49% and 5.3 rebounds for 10.8 rating). “I worked hard to get there,” he added in May. “Every summer, I work to get back. At the age of 34, I don’t know what the future holds for me, it might be my last Final Four… So it’s good to have a back-to-back. This is a real success! This is a reward for all the hours of work behind me. I never gave up on anything to come back, even after my injury. Honestly, I’m so happy! »
Still under contract in Turkey, but certainly tired of a trying season from a human perspective, Adrien Moerman therefore chose to return to the French championship, seven years after becoming absolute king with Limoges, champion and MVP. The ephemeral international (12 selections) absolutely won everything there: the Semaine des As (in 2007 with Roanne), the Coupe de France (in 2010 with Orléans) and, of course, the championship, three times (in 2007, 2014 and 2015). ).
“Of course there is excitement [de retrouver le championnat de France] “, he said on the official website of his new employer. “Betclic ÉLITE is a very athletic and physical competition. It’s not like Turkey. In France, from the beginning to the end, anyone can beat anyone if we are not 100%. This is a new challenge and it motivates me to return to the French championship. It was delicious from start to finish. I hope with all my heart [mener Monaco au titre]. It is true that having experience always helps. However, if I sign for a club, it will be to win titles and not to make up numbers. And if I can bring this first league title to Monaco, it will be a chance to make history. »
Ex-MVP of Pro B (in 2008 with Nanterre) who became a EuroLeague number, Adrien Moerman thus able to continue climbing the hierarchy of the most experienced French in C1. Successively with Orléans, Nancy, Darussafaka, Barcelona and Anadolu Efes Istanbul, the boy of the Choir of Roanne already has 223 appearances in the EuroLeague and will live for the tenth season (!) under the colors of AS Monaco.
After 4 years in Turkey where I learned everything by winning the EuroLeague twice in a row, I had to set a new challenge to myself. Monaco lived up to all the expectations I could have had. This is a club that wants to build well, and aims at the highest level. I really want to play in the Euroleague again. At 34, I still want to challenge myself physically. I feel good, without any physical problems, and I really want to take on this challenge. Talking about the Monegasque project with the president and the general manager, I saw what they wanted to do and build. That’s why going to Monaco is really close to my heart. For a challenger like me, this is the ideal base. […] I am here to bring my dynamism and my energy to the field. When I go on the court, I’m a fighter and I have to bring that to this team. With the players around, I have no doubts about that. Everything will be easier. Although I will repeat this, unity is the key factor. I spoke twice on the phone with Sasa Obradovic. I knew him before, but he never coached me. I like this state of mind of him who can talk a lot, it’s important, a sign of confidence. I hope that this trust will be brought to him, and that it will be reciprocated.
Witnessing the fall of AS Monaco in the Betclic ÉLITE final, with the presence of Gaston-Médecin on the day of Match 4 against ASVEL, Adrien Moerman was able to measure that night the failure of the always Monegasque environment failed in the last step. At least he knows the way. As in the lead up to the EuroLeague Final Four. And more…
The 2022/23 version of AS Monaco:
- Mike James – Jordan Loyd – Matthew Strazel
- Elie Okobo – Yakuba Ouattara
- Jaron Blossomgame – Alpha Diallo
- Adrien Moerman – John Brown III
- Donatas Motiejunas (?) – Donta Hall – Yoan Makoundou (?)
July 22, 2022 at 11:04 am
In its bid to increase the contingent of French players for the start of the school year, AS Monaco could not have dreamed of a better reinforcement. The Roca Team has officially got their hands on one of the best resumes in French basketball: Adrian Moerman (2.02m, 33 years old), reigning double European champion with Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Comrade…