Atlanta Hawks 2014 second-round draft pick Edy Tavares officially announced today in a press conference that he will play overseas in Spain next season.
This announcement has been expected for nearly a month, as it was reported on July 28 by Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Tavares was “very likely” returning to Gran Canaria of the ACB League, and now we know it’s a sure thing.
“The good thing about going overseas, I will definitely play there,” Tavares told the AJC.“I will play a lot of minutes and continue to improve my game and get more experience toward the next step of being (in the NBA).”
Tavares played for the Hawks’ Summer League team and had a solid showcase in Las Vegas, averaging 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 16.8 minutes per game.
“The summer league of the NBA was a great opportunity to play against good players,” Tavares said in a translation from Tuesday’s press conference. “I have seen how they play and how they work. The work that I was doing was little from what I’ve seen there and I have to work harder to become a better player.”
Despite being just 22-years-old and only playing the game of basketball for five years, the 7’3″ center is very skilled and will only get better as time goes on.
Tavares, a native of Cape Verde, averaged 6.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 21.2 minutes per game last season for Gran Canaria.
The 2014-15 ACB League regular season begins Oct. 4.