Former UC Davis standout Paolo Mancasola became the second Aggie basketball alum to sign with a pro team this summer as he inked a deal with Sport-Club Itzehoe, one of 25 squads in Germany’s Pro B League.
Mancasola’s former teammate Ryan Sypkens began his inaugural season with the Aguilas de Tunja in Colombia on Aug. 1.
Located in Hamburg, Germany, Sport-Club Itzehoe’s season starts on Sept. 21.
“The expectation for this team is to win our league and move up to Pro A,” Mancasola. “As the starting point guard, I am expected to create plays for myself and my teammates.”
To prepare himself for the rigors of professional basketball, Mancasola has been hitting the weights hard this summer — focusing on his lower body — in addition to his daily basketball regimen.
Mancasola also has participated in two summer pro-am leagues, one in Sacramento and another in San Francisco, to remain in peak physical condition.
“I expect the biggest challenge for me during this process is being so far from my friends and family,” Mancasola explained. “They are the rock in my life that I can lean on, and I owe this opportunity to their constant love and support.
“As hard as it will be for me being so disconnected from my loved ones, I’m really looking forward to the new and exciting experiences that this year has in store for me.”
During his two years at UCD, the guard from Redding who graduated in 2013 with a degree in psychology posted a .411 career field goal percentage and a collective 185 assists.
In his senior season, Mancasola was responsible for 125 of 434 assists earned by the Aggies throughout the year — nearly 30 percent of the team’s total. That season, he started all 31 games and finished fourth in the Big West Conference with a 3.9 assists per game average.
Meet the new DHS AD
The Davis community is invited to meet new Blue Devil athletic director Jeff Lorenson at an event on Tuesday, Aug. 19, on the DHS Quad.
Lorenson will be available to meet Devil fans between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. with refreshments provided by The Hotdogger.
DHS field hockey
In a fun beginning to the Davis High field hockey season, the Blue Devil program will start the tryout process with a Midnight Madness practice that is open to the public.
Local fans are invited to Brown Stadium on Monday at 12:01 a.m. to watch DHS in a two-hour session that also will feature other activities.
Players who have not attended any summer training session can try out, but should first contact coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins at 530 723-3799 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All players must have completed physicals and obtain clearance cards from the Devil athletic department by Friday.
Registration is now open for the Davis Lacrosse Association’s summer girls camp set for Aug. 11-14.
The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day, is designed for girls in grade two through eight with beginning and intermediate skills.
The cost is $135.
For more information or to register, visit www.davislax.org.