Basketballghana.com can confirm Italian Small Forward Awudu Abass has extended his contract at Virtus Bologna; the new deal is set to expire in 2024.
The 28 year old 6 foot 6 inch player born to Ghanaian parents completed the first year of a two year in the 2020-2021 season but decided to add three more years after voiding the second year of the original deal.
Abass moved to Bologna from Germani Brescia and helped Bologna win the Italian League title; he won his first league title during his time at Olimpia Milano.
After having an up and down regular season campaign, Abass had a consistent run in the starting lineup in the playoffs as the athletic player was counted on to defend the wings.
Abass also helped Italy qualify to the Olympics for the first time since 2004 but was dropped late from the team and replaced with Danilo Gallinari.
Bologna will compete in the EuroCup’s Group B next season with the competition starting in October. Below is a full press statement from Bologna:
Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna S.p.A. announces that it has reached an agreement with Awudu Abass for a contract extension.
General Manager Paolo Ronci stated: “The mutual respect and trust between the club and the player are certified by this new agreement for an extension to June 30, 2024. Abass has and shows deep motivation in wanting to continue his career with Virtus Segafredo, with the common ambition of reaching new goals after the Championship”.
The national team’s small forward, currently playing in the Belgrade Pre-Olympics with Italbasket, has signed a contract extension with the V Nere, which will bind him to Virtus Segafredo Bologna until 2024.
Athleticism and tenacity at the service of the team, Abass has carved out a leading role for himself during his first season with the black and white jersey, which ended with the conquest of the 16th Championship, becoming one of the most effective tactical weapons both in attack and defense.
In the future of Virtus, Abi will still be a protagonist and this is confirmed by the extension of his contract that certifies his bond with the black and white jersey.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter