There have been plenty of new signings announced, so here is an updated list of new players with there potential for the coming season:
Returning to the Riders after two seasons away from the club, Jamell was a big part of the clubs success, winning six trophies before moving around the BBL and ultimately heading to Europe. His numbers in the BBL have always been good and after similar stats in Europe, it looks like he may even improve since his last stint in the British league. Coming in at 28 with plenty of experience, expect Jamell to prove his worth and achieve YELLOW standard numbers.
A highly commendable move for the rookie, to start his professional career where it all began. Jordan was a big part of the Lions development system and played for the team back in the Milton Keynes days. His college career has been exceptional. Playing in NCAA Division 2 at Augustana, Jordan has an impressive list of achievements and accolades, winning the NCAA Div 2 title and leading the conference in assists. He averaged 16 PPG, 8 APG and 4 RPG, leaving his College with the most assists in school history, most minutes played, most games started and ninth all time in scoring. Expect Jordan to spend little time finding his feet, but a questionable amount of time on the court. His time maybe limited if he is considered a backup guard for Justin Robinson, although should they find a way to co-exist, his numbers could be impressive. We project at least high end RED/ low end YELLOW standard scores, with potential for higher.
The Rocks have decided to bring the 6,2 guard to the BBL for the first time. Greg was once part of the NCAA Southern Conference Champions, Mocs Chattanooga, who also qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Statistically Greg is solid, being the only person in his college to score 1200 points, 300 assists and 150 steals. His numbers for his division 3 French team were also good, averaging over 13 PPG, including a hot streak over one month averaging 27 PPG. Head Coach Daryl Wood has stated that Greg will be starting guard, pushing his potential upwards and making his projected scores a mid to high end YELLOW standard.
Another signing for the Raiders, who are desperately chasing a playoff spot. As a result it could be safe to suggest that any Raiders signing should be of a potentially high calibre. Jarvis has the potential to be just that. Jumping straight from NCAA Division 1 Charleston Southern, Jarvis had plenty of minutes and although on paper his stats were not brilliant, he is said to have a high basketball IQ. Jarvis will potentially be a starter, due to his versatility, so expect him to play a decent amount of minutes. Numbers wise, projecting his fantasy scores would make him a bit of a gamble. Although we never know until the ball is tipped, it’s likely he could be a RED standard scorer, although could possess all the tools to achieve YELLOW standard numbers.
The Giants keep racking up the exceptional calibre of signings. Willie, although still only 25, has plenty of experience and an impressive CV from way back to his high school career, where his jersey hangs from the rafters after being the highest scorer in Thomasville High Schools history. In his freshman year at NCAA Division 1 college Charlotte 49ers, he was named in ESPN’s top 25 freshman team, made the A-10 all rookie team and was ESPN’s mid-season rookie of the year. His rebounding is perhaps his biggest asset and apparent ability to grab an offensive board. Look for Willie to become a double double machine and as a result, become a high end YELLOW standard scorer at the very least. It is more likely, however, that he may be a GREEN level player and be well worth the risk to have in your squad.
Big names being dropped by this Sharks signing. Once recruited by Boston Celtics head coach, Brad Stevens, Rene seems to have great pedigree. Also linked with and highly regarded by LeBron James former high school coach Keith Dambrot, his senior season in NCAA Division 1 saw him score over 13 PPG, but more importantly shoot at a very efficient and impressive 54% from the field. Expect Rene to impress in his first season in the BBL and be a high end YELLOW standard player, creeping into GREEN standard numbers as the season progresses.
This season Fred will be a Flyer, with a 1 year deal that could see him strive to impress in the hope of furthering his professional career. At 25 the 6”5 guard is coming off the back of a good season in the Norwegian top flight, scoring 18.4 PPG. He seems to be a defensively sound guard recording over a block and steal per game, whilst being named the Norwegian Defensive Player of the Year. His NCAA Division 1 career with Mississippi was also impressive. As a result, look for Fred to be a solid YELLOW standard performer, and a minimal risk for return when adding him to your squad.
Yet another rebound machine for the Giants as they add this versatile and impressive small forward. He has NCAA Division 1 experience, including 11 double doubles and a trip to the Southern Conference Semi Finals. His first outing as a professional was in Luxembourg last season where he averaged an impressive 20 PPG and 9 RPG. His addition to the Giants makes them one of the teams to watch this season. Expect Torry to have plenty of double doubles and at least score a high end YELLOW standard.
The Phoenix, looking to add more silverware from last season’s successful cup run have added this successful college player to better their chances. Jordan was a big part of Georgia States 2 conference winning titles with his very efficient 55% shooting from the field. It’s his rookie season and he may need one or two games under his belt, but expect Jordan to be a solid YELLOW standard scorer, with the occasional breakout GREEN level performance.