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Courtney Vandersloot signs with Sopron Basket for next Euro season

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Chicago Sky star Courtney Vandersloot has signed with Hungarian women’s basketball club Sopron Basket for the 2022-2023 European season.

Vandersloot has competed with Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg since 2018 but left Russia in early March amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

WNBA star Briann January’s exit from Sopron Basket’s roster opened up a spot for Vandersloot, according to the team.

“After it was decided in January that one of our team’s key players, Briann January will no longer play complete seasons in Europe, I thought of her replacement as a strategic task,” team president Zoltán Török said in a statement. “Briann January has written her name in the team’s history books as the engine of the team, because she did an incredible job during the three seasons she had spent here. We owe her a huge gratitude for these years. I believe that Courtney’s arrival can make sure the continuity of our building process. and that is why it was announced so early.”

The 2021 WNBA champion’s signing with Sopron Basket could signal an impending shift away from Russian teams among American players competing abroad.

Vandersloot is slated to join the Hungarian team after the conclusion of the WNBA season in mid-October.