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James Bell signs with Darüşşafaka S.K. in Turkey

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Bell is headed to Istanbul on a one-year contract.

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Former Villanova Wildcats star James Bell has signed a new contract in Europe. His new club Darüşşafaka Basket announced the signing on Twitter.

That roughly translates to, “We signed a one-year deal with the 1992 American-born attacker James Bell.”

Darüşşafaka plays in the Basketbol Süper Ligi which is the top league in Turkey. They also compete in the EuroLeague and the Turkish Cup. Darüşşafaka finished 4th in the league last season, while progressing to the quarterfinals of both the domestic cup and the EuroLeague.

Bell joins a good roster that includes former collegiate players Scottie Wilbekin, Brad Wanamaker, JaJuan Johnson and James Anderson and should step into a major role on the team.

Bell played last season for Hapoel Holon in Israel where he averaged 15.5 points per game and was named the monthly MVP of the league consecutively in March and April. I’m unfamiliar with the relative strength of each league and team, but Darüşşafaka seems like a strong club with recent success, so this appears to be a good landing spot for Bell.

Iyi şanşlar, Tahj!