In his desire to ramp up his squad of French players at the start of the school year, Monaco could not have dreamed of a better promotion. Roca has officially had one of the best resumes in French basketball: Adrian Moorman (2.02 m, 33 years old), two-time European champion with Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
Along with Rodrigue Popois, the kid from Montrouge took on the greatest adventure of his career. He made it to the club that was then the Red Lantern in the Euroleague, and has played in every possible European Final since then. “Can you imagine?” he told us, ecstatic, in Belgrade on the eve of his second continental title in May. “Four years ago, Eves was the last…three finals, three finals, two wins, what more do you want?!” Especially since he was far from forming numbers in Erjen Ataman’s team, still averaging around 25 minutes per game this The season on the Continental arena and constant fighting (8.4 points to 49% and 5.3 rebounds for 10.8 ratings). “I worked really hard to get there,” he added in May. “Every summer, I work on getting back. At 34, I don’t know what the future holds for me, it might have been my last four…so it’s nice to have two back-to-back. It’s a real accomplishment! It’s a reward for all the hours behind.” I’ve never given up anything to get back, even after my injury. Honestly, I’m really happy!”
He’s still under contract in Turkey, but he’s definitely tired of a tough season from a human point of view, so Adrien Moerman opted to return to the French Championship, after seven years of being the absolute king with the Limoges, the champ and MVP. The ephemeral international (12 picks) has won absolutely everything: the Semaine des As (in 2007 with Roanne), the Coupe de France (in 2010 with Orléans) and of course the championship, three times (in 2007, 2014 and 2015).
“Of course there is excitement [de retrouver le championnat de France] ”, he says on the official website of the new employer. “The Betclic ÉLITE is a very athletic and physical competition. It is not the same as in Turkey. In France, from first to last, anyone can beat anyone if we are not 100%. It’s a new challenge that made me want to go back to the French championship. It’s very hot from start to finish. I hope with all my heart [mener Monaco au titre]. True, experience always helps. Anyway, when I sign up for a club, it’s winning titles, not making up numbers. And if you can bring your first league title to Monaco, it will be a chance to make history. »
A former Pro B player (in 2008 with Nanterre) who became a EuroLeague character, Adrien Moerman will therefore be able to continue climbing the hierarchy of the more experienced French in C1. Successively with Orleans, Nancy, Darushavaca, Barcelona and Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Coral Rowan’s kid has already participated in 223 Euroleague matches and will live the tenth season (!) under the colors of Monaco.
After 4 years in Turkey where I knew it all by winning the Euroleague twice in a row, I needed to set myself up for a new challenge. Monaco fulfilled all the expectations I could have expected. It’s a team that wants to build well and aim at the highest level. I really wanted to play the Euroleague again. At 34, I still wanted to physically challenge myself. I feel good, without any physical issue, and I really wanted to take on this challenge. Talking about the Monaco project with the president and general manager, I saw what they want to do and build. So it was really a pleasure to come to Monaco. For a challenger like me, it really is the perfect base. […] I’m here to bring my dynamism and energy to the field. When I step onto the field, I’m a warrior and I have to bring that to this team. With the guys out there, I have no doubts about that. Everything will be easier. Even if you repeat it, cohesion will be the deciding factor. I spoke twice on the phone with Sasa Obradovic. I knew him before, but he never coached me. I like that state of mind he has which is the ability to talk a lot, it’s important, it’s a sign of confidence. I hope to bring him this trust, and that it will be mutual.
Witnessing Monaco’s fall in the Betclic ÉLITE final, with him in Gaston-Médecin on Match Day 4 against ASVEL, Adrien Moerman was able to gauge that evening the frustration of a Monaco environment that always failed in the last step. At least he knows the way. Just like the person who led to the fourth Euroleague final. And even more…
2022/23 edition of AS Monaco:
- Mike James – Jordan Lloyd – Matthew Strazel
- Eli Okubo – Yakuba Watara
- Jaron BlossomGem – Alpha Dialo
- Adrian Moorman – John Brown III
- Donatas Mutijonas (?) – Donta Hall – Yuan Macondo (?)
Jul 22 2022 at 11:04 am
In his desire to ramp up his squad of French players at the start of the school year, Monaco could not have dreamed of a better promotion. Roca has officially had one of the best resumes in French basketball: Adrian Moorman (2.02 m, 33 years old), two-time European champion with Anadolu Efes Istanbul. side by side …