Deloach inks two-year deal with new Italian team


Sports Editor

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Moe Deloach’s stay in Italy has been extended.

Deloach agreed to a two-year deal Wednesday with Eurobasket Roma of the Italian Serie A2 league.

The 2005 Northern Nash graduate has played the past two seasons with Ravenna.

Now, he’ll be headed to Italy’s most well-known city.

“It’s a real blessing,” Deloach said. “They don’t give two-year deals out often to Americans.”

Deloach averaged 18.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists as he was named to the All-Italian Serie A2 second team last season. Those credentials would seem to hold up for a quick deal, but he said given the politicking going on within FIBA, there were no guarantees.

“I have a lot of friends who play that have no clue what’s going on,” Deloach said. “It’s a rough time.”

Deloach, who has spent his summer in Rocky Mount, plans to leave during the latter part of August.

He is training with former Tarboro High boys’ basketball coach Leshaun Jenkins. Deloach, 29, said his workouts are a bit different than in the past.

He spends less time in the gym and more time on fundamentals and conditioning. The Norfolk State graduate said Americans tend to be a little quicker than European players, but the real adjustments come down to style of play and officiating.

He’ll be the first American to play for Roma, as the team won a title last year and moved up a series.

Deloach’s deal guarantees him this season. If Roma decides to not bring him back in 2017, the organization would still owe Deloach money. Deloach also has an option to not return to Roma, in which case he would owe the team money.

The new city might fit Deloach well. It is a two-hour train ride from Ravenna, and Rome offers a taste of home more than man other European spots.

“It’s more like being in America,” Deloach said. “The times I’ve been there, I’ve had a great time.”