One of the best European power forwards switched Turkish Airlines EuroLeague powerhouses, as Fenerbahce announced the arrival of Achille Polonara, who signed a two-year deal, with an option for a third season, with his new team on Tuesday. Polonara (2.02 meters, 29 years old) arrives from TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, where he averaged 12.2 points on 44.3% three-point shooting, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks in 33 EuroLeague games last season. He ranked second in rebounds only behind Edy Tavares of Real Madrid (8.0 rpg.) and was 11th in PIR average.
Polonara improved in every stats category, as he averaged 3.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and a PIR of 4.2 in the 2019-20 campaign. He helped Baskonia lifted the Spanish League trophy in 2020, dishing a decisive assist to Luca Vildoza for the title-winning layup. Polonara started his career with Teramo and also played for Varese, Reggio Emilia and Sassari of his native Italy before joining Baskonia. He has also been a member of the Italian national team. Polonara helped Italy win a silved medal at the 2011 U20 European Championships, and lifted the FIBA Europe Cup trophy with Sassari in 2019.