Olimpia Armani Jeans Milano have officially announced the signing of 35-year-old veteran forward/centre Jamie Arnold from Peristeri Athens, until the end of the season, or two regular-season games: The move was made mainly to help strengthen the team’s playoff chances against the likes of Montepaschi Siena, NGC Cantu and Pepsi Caserta.
After playing his college ball at Wichita State back in the 1990s, Arnold came to Europe in search of some solid competition. He played his first season in Belgium for Houthalen in the 1997-98 season and has since played for eight different teams, including European powerhouses such as Maccabi Tel Aviv and DKV Joventut Badalona (the latter a.k.a. Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez’ old playground).
Arnold will now join Olimpia Milano for the last few games of the season and playoffs as his new team is currently in four place in Lega Basket A. Milano hopes that Arnold can bring them the same rebounding/scoring presence that he has done so far for Peristeri, where he averaged 14.7 points per game plus 6.2 rebounds: similar stats to senior season at Wichita State, where he managed 15.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per.
–written by Sam Chadwick
Sam Chadwick is a assistant coach for the Solent Kestrels U13 team. He also writes on British basketball prospects and lots more on his Hype Basketball Blog.