POTTER’S WHEEL TURNS TO LEICESTER

Leicester Riders have signed 2.10m British prospect Liam Potter from Ukrainian Superleague side BC Khimik Yuzhny.

The Lincolnshire native, who played college ball at Sacred Heart, is set to make his debut this weekend after arriving in the UK.

Potter – who was recommended by ex-Riders centre Andy Betts – will replace American Phil Missere who is leaving after the end of his short-term contract, as is injured centre Andrew Bennett.

“Potter brings us some real size in the middle but he also has quick feet for a big man,” said Riders coach Rob Paternostro.

“I like his moves on the baseline and I am sure he can help our defence.”

Smith signs… Smith

Cheshire Jets have released Ireland cap Jason Killeen after a short stint and brought in American centre Steve Smith

The 25-year-old from South Dakota has agreed a six-week deal while Jets talisman Matt Schneck serves the remainder of a ban imposed for taking a banned substance.

Smith, a 6’11” centre, started all 32 games during the 2009/10 season at the University of South Dakota averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.5 assists in 24 minutes per game. Smith reached double figures in six games, finishing second on his college team with 143 total rebounds.

“I’m happy that we managed to bring Steve in he brings with him a good offensive and defensive game as his stats show,” said Jets coach Paul Smith.

“Steve has come straight out of University and has the hunger to succeed but also the right attitude to be a great team player. We needed someone to come in to replace Matt until he returns in February and I believe Steve is the right player to help keep us on track”

The newcomer is expected to make his debut against Milton Keynes Lions on Sunday.

Meanwhile Plymouth Raiders have signed the former Everton Tigers guard Jerome Gumbs on a week to week basis.

The British Virgin Islands star replaces American playmaker Cody Toppert who quit the Devon outfit last week for a move to Italy.

“Jerome is an experienced player with a winning attitude who will be able to come in and play multiple positions and a give us a defensive presence and a scoring punch,” said Raiders coach Gavin Love.

“I have signed him on a week to week deal and I hope to keep him as long as I can but will continue to look for an addition player to strengthen our squad.”

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