Thomas Abercrombie has hit the next stage of his basketball career, with NZhoops understanding that he has signed for French side ASVEL Basket.
After a very strong season with the New Zealand Breakers in the ANBL, where he averaged 15.6 points per game on 42% shooting from deep, Abercrombie was set to play for the Waikato Pistons in this season’s NBL, but with the opportunity to play in Europe available, the talented swingman has decided to take up the chance to showcase his talents against some of the best teams in France.
Currently in ninth place in the top French league, the Lyon-based side has NBA star Tony Parker as a partial owner, and currently have former Breaker Will Hudson on their roster. They have five regular season games remaining before a potential playoff stint, meaning Abercrombie will likely only have a few games to make a mark in his new league and impress European talent evaluators.
However, the move means he will miss the majority of the NBL season, a big blow for the Waikato Pistons, who were installed as title favourites for the season, and will now have to do without Abercrombie’s immense talents. The Pistons released a statement on Facebook, saying:
“Tom Abercrombie has been offered a fantastic opportunity to play in Europe this year and we will be releasing him from his contract. While we’re disappointed to be losing Tom’s talent from the roster, we’ve got a great line up for 2014”
The games Abercrombie will play could serve as a trial for an extended stint in Europe next season, with it being understood that the Westlake product is interested in playing a full season in Europe next year, as an alternative to another season with the Breakers.