By Eurohoops team/ email@example.com
Every season in the Basketball Champions League brings with it new challenges but also new challengers who will try to dethrone the champions and some players are bound to grab the spotlight along the way.
There is nothing quite like the smell of new, they say, and with the new Basketball Champions League season about to tip off, this is the ideal time to take a look at the fresh faces about to step out in the competition for the first time.
With so many players set to make their BCL debut in 2020-21, it’s almost certain that several new arrivals will be eager to prove this list wrong through the course of the season, but for the time being let’s have a closer look at 10 players (in alphabetical order) whom we expect to turn heads in 2020-21.
ONDREJ BALVIN – Center, 2.17m (7ft 1in) – RETAbet Bilbao
¡Ondrej Balvin es el Jugador Más Seguro de @Seguros_Bilbao de la temporada 19/20!
✅Gran impacto en 22 minutos por partido: 8.4 puntos, 7.3 rebotes y 15.1 de valoración
✅ Jugador Más Seguro en 12 de los 29 partidos de los MIB
— RETAbet Bilbao Basket (@CDBILBAOBASKET) July 28, 2020
Balvin is probably among the best-positioned players on this list to have a breakout season, because he is entering his second season at Bilbao and he knows very well his role and what his coach, Alex Mumbru, asks from him.
What’s more, the 28-year-old Czech international is at the perfect age to take another leap, not dissimilar to the one he took with the national team at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2019.
The big man is averaging 10.6 points and 7.4 rebounds through the first five Liga Endesa games of the season.