Kyle Weems and his French Strasbourg club will be facing Turkish side Fenerbahce, which features five players with NBA ties, on Friday in the second game of Round 2 of EuroLeague play.
Fenerbahce is led by former lottery pick Jan Vesely, who has appeared in 162 NBA games. Pero Antic, who played 113 games with Atlanta the last two seasons, Ekpe Udoh, another former lottery pick with 270 games to his credit, Gigi Datome, who played in 21 games with Boston and Detroit last season, and 2014 first-round pick Bogdan Bogdanovic also play for Fenerbache.
“Definitely looking forward to it,” said Weems, who has two years of NBA Summer League experience. “I worked really hard to get to this point and I am looking forward to the challenge. We have to play smart and limit and turnovers and play with a lot of energy and enthusiasm so stay in the game and have a chance to win. But I am very excited for the opportunity.”
Strasbourg (0-1) is one of six teams in Group A that will play a round-robin format for a total of 10 games with the top four advancing to the Top 16, which begins on Dec. 29.
Strasbourg dropped their first game 81-59 to Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) last week and will need a strong performance to beat a solid Fenerbahce (1-0) club.
Weems is in his first season playing for the defending Pro A league champs, who have started 3-1 in league play. Weems is averaging 12.3 points, which is second on the team behind former Dallas Mavericks guard Rodrigue Beaubois, and 4.5 rebounds in league competition.
Weems, a Highland Park product who starred at Missouri State, is a fourth-year pro, who is coming off of his best season earning All-Star honors for JSF Nanterre.