Bell-Holter signs with BC Kormend in Hungary

August 21, 2014

Damen Bell Holter BasketballHydaburg’s Damen Bell-Holter is leaving the NBA D-League for a more lucrative contract in Europe.

The 6-foot-9 forward has signed with BC Kormend of Hungary. The team is in Eurochallenge, considered the third professional tier in European basketball.

“I’ll be playing against good teams around Europe and I’m making a really good amount of money,” he told me.

Bell-Holter, of Ketchikan High fame, played last season in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws and averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 48 games.

The 24-year-old spent time with the Boston Celtics last year for training camp and played in two preseason games. Then he played in the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with a D-League team.

But now he’s headed to Hungary.

“My agent said taking this offer was a no-brainer because it’s gonna set my career up,” Bell-Holter said.

With BC Kormend, he will be coached by American Aaron Mitchell.

“I’m gonna develop under him,” Bell-Holter said.

Bell-Holter is hoping a big year in Hungary will open doors in the NBA and with European teams up the food chain.

“I’m on route to get there if I have a good year,” he said.