Basketball. Seven years after Caen’s rise to Pro B, what have become of them?

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Aline Chatel

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June 14, 2024 at 10:47 a.m.

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At the dawn of Caen BC’s possible promotion to Pro B, this Friday June 14, 2024 (8:00 p.m.), a question arises. What happened to the players of the 2016-2017 season? The latter were the heroes of the last rise of the CBC seven years ago. A look back at the squad that won accession to the French second division.

BJ Monteiro:

The American, now 34 years old, played at fullback during the CBC’s historic season in 2017. Only two seasons later, after an Achilles tendon injury with Caen, BJ Monteiro retired athletic. Caen Basket’s top scorer the year he moved up to Pro B returned to live in the United States with his family.

BJ Monteiro ©Aline CHATEL

Richie Gordon:

Richie Gordon, CBC’s strong winger and the club’s second top scorer seven years ago, finished his professional career in 2019 with JSA Bordeaux. Nothing new since then for the 34-year-old American.

Moustapha Diarra:

The 36-year-old pivot, unlike Monteiro and Gordon, still plays in NM1. The 2m05 Frenchman plays for the Andrézieux-Bouthéon club and finished fifth in the regular season with the Ligérien club. He comes out of a season with an average of 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists, he comes away with an evaluation of 11.1.

Justas Sinica:

After playing for Orchies in NM1 for two years, Sinica returned home to Lithuania. Since 2023, he has played for the Vilniaus club Stekas, 8th in the regular season in 2024. Coming out of a complicated year, saving himself from relegation, the 39-year-old winger finished the season with an average of 7.1 pts, 3 reb and 1.8 p.

Bryson Pope:

After joining Pro B, Bryson Pope played in the Caennais jersey until the end of the 2022-2023 season. Subsequently, the 1m98 American was not retained by the club, and ended his career. As with Gordon, Bryson Pope has been discreet.

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Ludovic Chelle ©Sport in Caen

Ludovic Chelle:

At 41, Ludovic Chelle is still active, he played for three seasons for the SO Pont-de-Chéruy Charvieu Chavanez club. On June 7, he announced his departure from the SOPCC after finishing 7th in the regular season and reaching the 1/8 finals of the play-offs. With an average of 6.8 pts, 2.4 reb, 1.7 pd and an evaluation of 6.4, his future is not yet known. Nobody knows if the Toulouse player will retire or if he still has the legs to continue playing at a high level.

Thomas Cornely:

After experiencing another rise in 2022, this time in Betclic Elite with Blois, Cornely left the Greens for Gravelines in 2023. The French leader is coming out of a complicated season from every point of view with his new club. Affected by a terrible fire which ravaged the legendary Sportica (sports complex), BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque finished 15th in Betclic Élite. Despite this, the Northerners fought and won their position. For his part, Thomas Cornely had a mixed season, he finished with an average of 5.8 pts, 2.7 reb and 3.9 pd, he played 19 minutes on average.

Thomas Cornely.
Thomas Cornely ©Sport in Caen

Sébastien Cape:

Sébastien Cape undoubtedly had a successful season with JA Vichy. The former third best decisive passer for Caen in 2017, this time finished on the first step of the podium. His club finished 2nd in the regular season and he was the best passer on his team in Pro B, with 7.6 pts, 1.8 reb and 4.4 pd on average. However, the Auvergne captain’s best performance was the victory in the Leaders Cup Pro B final against Châlons-Reims. The Frenchman finished MVP of the final, a great reward for the former Caen leader.

Étienne Plateau:

The summer following the rise to the French second division with Caen, Étienne Plateau packed his bags to arrive in Vitré (NM1). The 1m87 point guard ultimately only stayed there for two short seasons before retiring in 2020. He still plays at departmental level and works in real estate.

Eddy Djedje:

Eddy Djedje still plays in NM1, having passed through Chartres, he is today the winger of Feurs EF. At 29 years old, the native of Ivry-sur-Seine maintained his position after finishing 12th in the regular season in Pool B. He finished with an evaluation of 7.3 and an average of 7.8 pts, 3.1 reb and 1.7 pd.

Camille Eleka:

The favorite of the Caen public was forced to end his professional career after a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2017. However, the former winger succeeded in his reconversion, since 2020, he became a broker within IN&FI Crédits. However, the 36-year-old Frenchman is not about to move away from the field. His son Maël and his nephew Liham are both CBC Academy players. Both have a bright future and Camille Eleka proudly accompanies them on their journey.

Camille Eleka in the CBC jersey in April 2015.
Camille Eleka in the CBC jersey in April 2015. ©Sport à Caen

Bryan Coudray:

The day Caen joined Pro B, he was only 16 years old, he had only played five minutes in the championship. After obtaining his STAPS ES license in 2021, the 23-year-old leader now plays under the coat of arms of Union Tarbes-Lourdes. The Occitan club finished at the gates of the top 3 in the championship, concluding its year with a beautiful ½ play-off final, a positive collective result. Bryan Coudray finished with an average of 6.1 pts, 2 reb and 2.4 pd.

Note that Hervé Coudray, who was Caen’s coach that season, now works within the Swiss federation as national technical director.

Between sporting retirement and small success

Seven years later, the old Caen BC squad has changed a lot. Some have retired from sports due to injuries, a lack of opportunities or simply of their own wish. For others, basketball still plays a big role in their career. The majority play in the NM1 championship, the third French division. Others like Thomas Cornely (Gravelines) and Sébastien Cape (JA Vichy) have enjoyed greater success. The first has experienced two rises and today plays in the highest French division. The second is captain of his team in Pro B and was elected MVP of its victorious Leaders Cup final.

All of them made the supporters dream by wearing the colors of Caen loud and clear seven years ago. This Friday, June 14, it will be the turn of Stéphane Eberlin’s men to try to win their ticket to Pro B.

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