Report: NBA D-League Guard Abdul Gaddy Signs with Virtus Bologna of Italy

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Abdul Gaddy played four years at the University of Washington before spending the 2013-14 season with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League. Now, he's set to play in Italy next season.

Late Saturday night sources confirmed to RidiculousUpside.com that Abdul Gaddy has in fact signed a one-year deal to play for Virtus Bologna in the Italy's Seria A. This signing comes after a successful summer for Gaddy where he played for the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA's summer league averaging 5.2 points and 3.2 assists in only 15.9 minutes per game.

Gaddy spent last season with the Maine Red Claws on the NBA D-League, playing 46 games (32 starts) and averaging 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 27 minutes per contest. Though the numbers don't jump off the page, Gaddy was very efficient in his time on the court and was even ninth in the D-League with 231 total assists on the season.He finished the season shooting 48.9 percent overall, 42 percent from 3-point range (2.4 attempts per game), but only 57.6 percent from the free throw line.

Gaddy's quickness, play making abilities, and much-improved shooting are the most likely reasons that Virtus felt the need to reach out to Gaddy for his services. Virtus' coach, Valli Giorgio, talked with Daniele Labanti, an Italian reporter, and had this to say about Gaddy:

"I'm confident in his skills. I'm pretty sure this young man can surprise the Italian league."

As you can imagine, the expectations will be high for Gaddy to come in and immediately produce at a very high level. Per Eurobasket.com, Gaddy will be in the back court with former Villanova guard Allan Ray. 

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