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Utah State's Spencer Butterfield, Lone Peak's Justin Hamilton find new homes overseas

With the basketball season just around the corner, many players who played their high school or college basketball in Utah are starting to make decisions on where they will play for the upcoming year.

The latest to sign is former Utah State swingman Spencer Butterfield who is going to Germany's top league to play for Alba. The Berlin squad who won 18 games in the BBL last year before losing in the first round of the playoffs.

He is coming off a season in France where he averaged 13.7 points a night in Europe Cup play on 52.9 percent shooting from 3-point range, including a night where he totaled 39 points on 11-for-13 shooting from beyond the arc to set the Europe Cup record for most three's in a game.

Former Lone Peak High School star Justin Hamilton has also found a home in a new league as he is headed to China to play for the Beijing Ducks.

After a solid season with the Brooklyn Nets in '16-17, he was traded to the Toronto Raptors who then waived him, allowing him to sign in China. The Ducks missed out on the playoffs by one game a season ago after finishing 21-17.

Other signings


Jimmer Fredette, Shanghai Sharks (China-CBA)

After a monster year with Shanghai in 2016-17 where he took home the CBA's International MVP Award, Fredette has decided to return to the Sharks on a two-year deal.

In 41 games last season, he averaged 37.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 40 minutes.

Trent Plaisted, Osaka Evessa (Japan-B League)

Plaisted is heading back to Japan to suit up for Osaka Evessa in the country's top league.

Osaka finished with a 28-32 record in 2016-17 and just missed out on the playoffs.

Brandon Davies, Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)

After a strong season for one of the top teams in France, Davies has signed a deal to play for the defending Lithuanian League champion.

Zalgiris finished with a 33-3 regular season record in 2016-17 and easily took home the title, winning 10 of 12 games in the playoffs.

Eric Mika, Pallancestro Pesaro (Italy-Serie A)

After leaving school following his sophomore year and not getting selected in the 2017 NBA draft, Mika will play in Italy, where both he and his wife served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Jonathan Tavernari, Dinamo Sassari (Italy-Serie A)

After spending the last three seasons playing in the A2 in Italy, Tavernari has made the jump to join Mika in the top league in Italy with Dinamo Sassari.

Sassari finished with a 17-13 record in Italian League play in 2016-17 before being swept in the first round of the playoffs.

Southern Utah

AJ Hess, Basel Starwings (Switzerland-LNA)

Hess will be spending his first year of pro ball in Switzerland, where he has signed to Starwings Basket.

Julian Scott, Iserlohn (Germany-ProB)

After he had a very good year in Luxembourg, Scott has found a new home with Iserlohn, who plays in the ProB in Germany. He will be joining a team that finished in the middle of the pack in 2016-17.

Weber State

Scott Bamforth, Dinamo Sassari (Italy-Serie A)

Like Tavernari, Bamforth is joining Dinamo Sassari in the top league in Italy.

He is coming off a strong year in Spain where he averaged 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 26.2 minutes.

Kyle Tresnak, RAC Basket (France-NM1)

After two seasons as the leading scorer for GET Vosges in NM1 League in France, Tresnak is staying in the same league, but has found a new team as he will play for RAC Basket. In 2016-17, he averaged 11.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists while playing 25 games.

Kyndahl Hill, Randers Cimbria (Denmark-Ligaen)

After an impressive career at Weber State, Hill will start his professional career in Denmark where he will play for Randers Cimbria. He is joining a team that had a difficult go in 2016-17 with just 10 wins in 28 games to finish seventh in the eight-team league.

Utah State

Morgan Grim, Uni Baskets Paderborn (Germany-ProA)

Grim returns to Uni Baskets Paderborn for the fifth straight season after signing a contract extension in April. In 2016-17, he averaged 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 29 games.

In Germany's offseason, he played for the Nelson Giants in New Zealand's NBL where he averaged 7.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 13 games.


Michael Stockton, Goettingen (Germany-BBL)

Stockton is as well-traveled as anyone on the list. After spending the 2016-17 season split between Russia and Greece, he is on the move to Germany, where he signed a deal to play with BG Goettingen.

Goettingen finished last season with a 14-18 record and missed out on the playoffs.


Will Clyburn, CSKA (Russia-VTB)

Following a very strong season for Turkey's Darussafaka where he averaged 13 points and 5.1 rebounds in 34 EuroLeague games, Clyburn has moved on to one of the elite in the world in CSKA Moscow.

CSKA sweep through the playoffs last season to win Russia's VTB League and finished third in EuroLeague.

Justin Hawkins, Champville (Lebanon-LBL)

Coming off a really good season in Iraq, Hawkins is moving on to Lebanon to play for Champville. Champville won just 9 of 24 games in the regular season before being swept in the first round of the playoffs.

Renan Lenz, Bauru (Brazil-NBB)

Lenz is staying in Brazil for his third season of professional basketball, but will be on a new team. After playing two years for Pinheiros, who advanced to the league semifinals, he has signed a deal to play for the defending champion in Bauru.

In 42 games in 2016-17, he averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 22.7 minutes.

Luke Nevill, Al Rayyan (Qatar-D1)

After his second straight year as the leading scorer for the Bank of Taiwan team in Taiwan's top league, Nevill is on his way to Qatar. In 2016-17, he averaged 17.3 points, 15.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 32 games.

Jason Washburn, Yokohama BC (Japan-B League)

Washburn will return to Japan to suit up for Yokohama B-Corsairs for the second straight season.

In 54 games in 2016-17, he averaged 14.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists for a team that finished 16-44.

Kim Tillie, Olympiacos (Greece-A1)

After three seasons playing for Baskonia in Spain's ACB League, Tillie is on the move to another European power in Greece.

Olympiacos is coming off a huge season in 2016-17 with a second-place finish in EuroLeague.