Josh McGinn Signs With Cestistica Ascoli in Italy

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England Under-18 Josh McGinn (1993 born) has signed a 1 year contract with Cestistica Ascoli to play in Italy next season.

The team competes in  the C2 Division, the third division down that allows international players to compete. The side based in east Italy, also has under-21 and under-19 junior sides which is more than likely where McGinn will begin.

The 5’11” former Manchester Magic player, who was rumoured to be attending either Leeds Metropolitan University or a prep school in the US, chose Europe after leaving the arrangement of his SAT’s too late and having a reluctance to remain in England.

Speaking to Hoopsfix he said:

“I decided Italy because I knew I would be in a good situation in terms of playing and living conditions. I knew there would be a good foundation for me to get better with these people and facilities around me.”

The Chester born point guard, known for his leadership qualities arrived in Italy last week and had his first practice Thursday night which he says went well:

“It looks promising that I can go and get myself some minutes (with the senior team) if I apply myself correctly. It is exciting knowing that i am fighting for minutes and this can determine where i end up based on stats.”

However, as with any move abroad, there are certain cultural adjustments that need to be made. None more so than the language barrier. Josh continued:

“So far it has been relatively tough moving out here and only a few people speaking English but I am slowly picking up on some Italian words. Apart from that the living and basketball situation is great. I have a purpose built basketball gym with weight room and track whenever I need it and I am definitely in a good situation to get better.

Right now I am taking my career season by season. So far with first impressions, I am happy here in Italy. Who knows where i shall end up in the future, it all depends on how I do out here and what options I have.”

Hoopsfix wants to wish Josh the best of luck in the next stage of his basketball career, Hoopsfix will be following!

Image Credit: Mansoor Ahmed Photography

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    Goodluck Josh, again showing British guys the other path to persue if you are serious about being a professional and willing to step out of your comfort zone.

    All the best for this season and the future.

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