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Pall. Trapani, also Taflaj arrives

The campaign to strengthen the Trapani Basketball which it has hired continues Celis Taflaj, winger of 201 cm and 95 kg, from Orlandina Basket. The Albanian player, of Italian training, has accepted the two-year proposal of Pallacanestro Trapani. “I am very happy to come to Trapani and to live another year in Sicily. I am very motivated, – the athlete said – v I want to grow up and do well and I think Trapani is the right place. I talked to coach Parente and I know why he chose me. I can’t wait to get to know the team and start working! ”.
“Celis is a player we followed – underlined coach Daniele Parente and we are happy that he married our project. He is a young athlete who, however, can already boast a lot of experience in A2 and comes from a very good season with Orlandina. He can play in 2 roles and tactically it will be a very important piece for us ”. Taflaj is a 201 cm winger, born in 1998, a player who has also acquired international experience with the Albanian national team. He has good coordination and a very reliable shot, even from long range. Born in Albania on March 12, 1998, he began his basketball career at a very young age.Taflaj represents one of the greatest talents in Albanian basketball, having been part of the national youth groups under 16, under 18 and under 20, which then allowed him to also obtain the convocation with the senior national team. In the two qualifying matches for the 2021 European Championship he averaged 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. In 2014 he arrives in Italy to play in the youth sector of Pistoia where he remains until 2016. For him also an experience in Serie B at Bottegone Sant’Angelo. In the 2016/17 season he was chosen by Viola Reggio Calabria in Serie A2 and immediately became part of the rotations collecting 25 appearances. In the same season he also plays the last play-out match of the Stella Azzurra Roma. Reconfirmed by Viola Reggio Calabria also in the 2017/18 season, he played all 17 games before the team was ousted from the championship: he averaged 3 points in 8 minutes. In 2018/19 he began his season in A2 in Treviglio (3.4 points in 20 games played), before moving on to Cento, in Serie B, where he closed the season with 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. In 2019/20 he was the protagonist of an excellent season at Andrea Costa Imola, in the eastern group of Serie A2: for him an average of 6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, with a high of 20 points against Piacenza and 40% from three points.
Last year he was with coach Sodini’s Orlandina Basket. In his last year as an under he shows his talent and his reliability, proving to be fundamental for the rotations. These are his figures in the 31 appearances between the championship and the blue group: 23 ‘on average with 8.2 points (54% from 2 and 35% from 3), 4 rebounds and 1 assist.