Dru Joyce signs until end of season
The Bayern München basketballers have taken up their option to sign an important, available player. The three-time German champions have signed Dru Joyce, who is a renowned Guard in the BBL, until the end of the season. The 32-year-old playmaker was recently pulling the strings in the Eastern European VTB League with BC Tsmoki Minsk. He will wear the number three shirt at FCBB.
“The option to make the move came about as a bit of a surprise but I was really excited to take this chance from the moment I got the call,” said Joyce. “Bayern has a good team chemistry, something I already knew, and that makes it a very strong club. Of course it’s quite late for me to have transferred but now I will work really hard and give 100% to get to know the new system as quickly as possible and to be able to help the team. One plus is surely that I know the league well as well as the country, so I’m not completely entering new territory.”
Bayern head coach Sasa Djordjevic, who was anticipated the arrival of Joyce in Munich on Wednesday evening, said, “Dru Joyce has a lot of experience as knows the league. In addition, he has already proven many times that he can improve teams and we can use him for exactly that. He is coming to us to make every player better and in turn I’ll be making an effort to improve him as a player. I am confident that he can help us and aid us in the Guard position.”
James Dru Joyce III started his professional career in the Basketball Bundesliga after graduating from the University of Akron. The 1.85 meter tall playmaker made 296 BBL appearances and has one of the highest numbers of assists, with 1457, and sits in second place in the table. During his time in Trier (2010-2012), he was also a teammate of current Bayern Centre Maik Zirbes.
Joyce was the strongest starter in the VTB League from his 18 games in this season for the Belarusian record holders Minsk. With an average of 14.2 points per game, he was his team’s top scorer and had the most game time of anyone on his team. He also averaged 6.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.8 rebounds per game.
In the Europe Cup, the point card from Akron, Ohio led his team, BC Minsk, to the second round. In twelve games, he averaged 15.2 points and 8.3 assists per game for the team from Belarus.
One year ago Joyce was nominated for the BBL all-star match. At high school he played for the Akron Zips who are a very successful for which current NBA star LeBron James has also played. The story of his junior team was turned into a film (More than a game, 2008) and the coach was his father, Dru Joyce II.
Dru Joyce is married and has a six-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son.
DRU JOYCE (Born 29th January 1985, Akron, Ohio)
POINT GUARD, 1.85 m - 76 kg
• 2003 – 2007: Akron Zips (NCAA)
• 2007 – 2009: ratiopharm Ulm)
• 2009 – 2010 Anwil Wloclawek/POL
• 2010 – 2012: TBB Trier
• 2012 – 2014: EWE Baskets Oldenburg
• 2014 – 2015: Löwen Braunschweig
• 2015 – 2016 s.Oliver Würzburg
• 2016 – März 2017: BC Tsmoki Minsk