Le Mans Sarthe Basket formalizes the arrival of combo guard Deishuan Booker (1.91 m, 24 years old) for the 2021-2022 season.
The MSB is the third Betclic Elite team to complete its recruitment after Roanne and Dijon. After the interiors Valentin Chéry (Paris Basket, Pro B), TaShawn Thomas (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel) and Zachery Peacock (Bourg-en-Bresse) and the return on loan from point guard Matthieu Gauzin (Châlons-Reims), another young complete combo guard comes to close the MSB offseason. Defensive stopper and creator, the American caught the eye of the leaders of Sarthe.
Trained in a Californian university, it is in the Czech Republic that the native of Las Vegas began his professional career in 2019-2020 in Nymburk. Quarter-finalist of the BCL, in a secondary role (10.0 points in 20 minutes), Deishuan Booker was logically promoted last summer to lead another good European team: Anwil Wloclawek. Despite solid individual performances (15.3 points to 48.0% on shots including 41.5% at 3-points, 5.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals for 19.9 evaluation in 10 matches), he suffered from a sluggish start to the season in Poland and was sidelined in early November to land, two months later, in Germany. In Göttingen, he mainly applied himself to feeding his teammates (8.9 points to 43.7% on shots, including 41.2% at 3-points, 4.8 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 0.9 interception for 8.9 evaluation in 24 matches), starting with the former Villeurbanne Rihards Lomazs and the future Portelois Luke Nelson.
Elric Delord, Le Mans coach : “Able to play both at station 1 and station 2, Deishuan’s qualities complement our rear traction already in place very well. Over the past two seasons he has shown that he is very effective on both sides of the pitch with split playing time. Expected as a defensive stopper, he is nonetheless a true attacker. He is a strong creator, with a very high level of passing quality, who will be able to enrich our collective game and thus find the free player at all times. A strong shooter, Deishuan will also be able to unlock certain situations through his individual talent when the need arises. “
The Le Mans squad version 2021-2022:
Kaza Kajami-Keane (COT), Matthieu Gauzin (JFL), Scott Bamforth (EUR), Deishuan Booker (JNFL), Kenny Baptiste (JFL), Terry Tarpey (EUR), Williams Narace (JFL), Zachery Peacock (JNFL), Valentin Chéry (JFL) and TaShawn Thomas (JNFL) – Hopes: Hugo Mienandi (2003), Mathias Van den Beemt (2001) and Lucas Véraghe (2001)
Photo: Deishuan Booker (FIBA)
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Elite: the combo guard Deishuan Booker completes the recruitment of Le Mans | Basketball Europe