October 27, 2020 Joonas Riismaa was officially presented to the press in view of what would be his first year in A2 with the Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia jersey. Two years later, at the dawn of the 2022/2023 season, things can be said to have changed a lot for the native of Märjamaa (Estonia), who landed in Serie A and was introduced to continental club competitions by Happy Casa Brindisi, a team that in the summer he decided to invest in him and his talent by taking him from the GTG.
So landing in Puglia for Riismaa, who moved to Italy at the age of 14 in the Mens Sana Basketball Academy to pursue the dream of professionalism after growing up in a family of sportsmen and having started practicing basketball seriously at the age of 7, involved an undoubted change of stage, role and timing, a novelty that the BC Raplamaa product has faced, as it is in its twenties, leveraging as much as possible on its own spirit of learning (the same that over the years in Tuscany has allowed it to learn the Italian language adding a strong local cadence) and trying to be ready when called upon by coach Vitucci.
This has led him, to date, to total 15 points and 63 minutes on the pitch in the league and 25 points overall in 63 minutes of use in the FIBA Europe Cup. Even with his contribution, the biancoazzurra team in the first eight official matches of the season he thus put together a record of 4 wins and 5 losses, a performance that will certainly improve in the coming weeks as well as the contribution provided on the two halves by Riisma.
With his freshness, his 196 centimeters and his ballistic qualities (40% and 35% his percentages from the arc in the two seasons in A2), the former standard bearer of Libertas Montale in C Gold can in fact have an impact both in defense who in attack thus ensuring quality minutes in Brindisi from the bench and rest for the owners when necessary.
Successfully succeeding in this task will probably take some time but from this point of view the Estonian international (who after his militancy in the youth representatives last February also made his debut in the major one) has the identity card and the duration of the contract signed with Toast on his side and therefore, with perseverance and dedication, he will be able to better amortize the level of the new competitions by understanding how to be useful to the cause of the Happy Casa..
In the coming months, therefore, it will be interesting to observe that the parable will take the rise of the former Pistoia, who presented himself at the start of the Serie A UnipolSai 2022/23 with a more than promising business card thanks to the achievements (victory in the LNP 2021 Super Cup and semi-final playoffs against Tezenis Verona) and the figures put together (7.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 22 minutes on average) in Tuscany in A2 between 2020 and this first training season upstairs.CopyAMP code