Bell-Holter inks deal with pro team in Italy’s second division

July 20, 2016

Damen Bell-Holter basketball

Damen Bell-Holter

Hydaburg’s Damen Bell-Holter has inked a deal with a team in Italy to ensure his fourth professional basketball season.

The 26-year-old announced on social media that he signed with Agrigento of Italy’s second division.

“I’m excited for another opportunity to do what I love for a living while playing in a great league,” he tweeted.

Bell-Holter, of Ketchikan High fame, played his college basketball at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma.

After an all-conference senior season, the 6-foot-9 forward was picked for the Boston Celtics training camp. He eventually played for the Maine Red Claws in the NBA D-League.

Bell-Holter played one season in the D-League in 2013-14 and averaged 8.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 48 games.

Last season, he played for Lapuan Korikobat in Finland, where he averaged 15.9 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Going to Italy is a step up from Finland.

“It’s been an up and down journey for me but I’ve continued to work,” he said. “I will continue to grind and give these young dream chasers someone to follow.

“Small village, big dreams.”

Agrigento made the playoffs last season and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Bologna, which lost to C. de Latte in the league finals.