AJ Slaughter – Rudy Gobert: Reunion after ten years

Image credit: Sébastien Meunier

2012/2013 teammates at Cholet Basket, AJ Slaughter and Rudy Gobert will face each other in the EuroBasket semi-finals on Friday.

On July 29, 2012, Cholet announced the signing of an American that was unknown at that time in France: he passed through Biella and Mons-Hainaut, AJ Slaughter She landed in Mauges to replace DeMarcus Nelson. A winning bet for Jean-Manuel Sousa as the player will start his interesting career, All-Star and French Champion, now a key player in the mighty Liga Endesa squad.

With Cholet, the Polish international (who did not hold citizenship at the time) spotted a Pro A in the mid-table team, scoring 13.5 points with 52% and 3.9 rebounds. Above all, play this season together Rudy Gobert, then kicked off his last European season before the draft. At the time, aged 20, Picard had collected 8.4 points at 74%, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 rebounds on average.

If they did meet during the group stage of EuroBasket 2015 (69-66 win over the Blues in Montpellier), the two friends will meet again this afternoon at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. Their last joint meeting (April 30, 2013 in Dijon) had a huge interest: the winner qualified for the playoffs. But nearly ten years later, this is clearly incomparable…

On April 13, 2013, with the addition of Mustapha Vall on the Poitevin side, they are 3 contenders in the semi-finals of the European Championships at the Arena de Poitiers (Photo: Sebastien Meunier)

Rudy Gobert: “AJ is a guy I’ve always loved. He’s an amazing person and I’m glad to see him develop at this level. It’s true that it’s been strange to think that it’s been ten years since we’ve been on the same team at Cholet (smiles). It’s a pleasure, I’m happy for him and it will be fun To find himself on the same ground, but in different teams ten years later.”

AJ Slaughter: “I remember very well my time at Cholet with very young Rudi Gobert! We have so many good memories together. We are old friends now, it would be fun to play against each other. I told him at the hotel how proud I was of his achievement and everything he accomplished in his career. Has it changed? Since then? He’s much stronger and stronger (laughs.) But to me, he’s still the good old Rudy!”

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Sep 16, 2022 at 2:24 am

On July 29, 2012, Cholet announced the signing of an American that was unknown at that time in France: he passed through Biella and Mons-Hainaut, AJ Slaughter She landed in Mauges to replace DeMarcus Nelson. A winning bet for Jean-Manuel Sousa as the player will then embark on his interesting career path, All-Star and F Champion…

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