Joel James signs a new professional basketball contract in Russia

Joel James is getting the recognition he deserves and is signing for a top team in Europe, Parma Basket in Russia. Joel has spent the past four seasons playing professional basketball and has been putting up impressive numbers, landing himself a contract in the VTB United League.

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Joel James was coming off a great season in Turkey for Duzce Belediye, leading his team in rebounds and blocks. Joel decided to stay in Turkey in the 2021/22 season and sign for Ted Ankara Kolejliler.

James averaged 9.8 PPG and 10 RPG in the second-tier of Turkish basketball. The big-man led his team in rebounds and blocks per game this past year, which obviously attracted the attention of Russian side, Parma Basket.

Parma Basket are a considered a very good team in Europe and there most recent trophy was the Russian Cup in 2019. This is the highest level James has played since playing professional basketball. Parma Basket would normally play in one of the top European basketball competitions, but there is currently a suspension on Russian teams in these competitions due to the invasion of Ukraine.

RAYOS DE HERMOSILLO (MEXICO)2018/1927.312.119.5722
DUZCE BELEDIYE (TURKEY)2020/2128.712.7511.9320
TED ANKARA KOLEJLILER (TURKEY)2021/2226.59.810.010
Statistics are up to date as of July 15th (source:

Before Joel heads off to Russia, he was also not having any time off during the summer season either…

James signed a short-term contract with Canadian Elite League team, Hamilton Honey Badgers and has currently been coming off the bench grabbing boards and throwing it down. The Honey Badgers have recently clinched a spot in the playoffs.

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