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The Stings should pose a pretty good challenge for our fledgling Wolverines. One could compare the Stings to an NBADL team.
(Bolded info plagiarised directly from UMhoops. All hail Dylan)
Mantova went 18-10 in the third division of Italian basketball last season and bumped up to A2 Gold, the second division, this year.
The Stings are upgrading this year in preparation for the move. They signed several new players including Aristide Lande,
a power forward loaned from top Italian club Virtus Bologna and who played with Italy’s U20 Gold Medal team in 2013.
Italian-American center Ryan Amoroso,
who averaged 15.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game last season, and Riccardo Moraschini
an Italian international who played for Virtus Roma (the team that just signed Jordan Morgan) last season, and Robert Fultz
a 32 year old guard with years of experience.
Dylan says the biggest challenge for Michigan will be battling against Mantova’s leader in the front, Johndre Jefferson.
Jefferson graduated from South Carolina in 2011 and while he only averaged 2 points and 2 rebounds per game in college, he’s blossomed in Italy. He’s 6-foot-10 and averaged 12.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, shooting 60% from the floor. Jefferson’s size, experience and athleticism should give Michigan’s frontline all it can handle overseas. Jefferson’s size, experience and athleticism should give Michigan’s frontline all it can handle overseas.
I believe that these are the "Grown Arse Men" people have been clamoring for Michigan to face. If Ricky and Mark can hang with these guys, it will bode very well for the season as a whole.