London Lions have signed British forward Tayo Ogedengbe from Guildford.

The England international joins Mike Martin in making the move from the re-named Surrey Heat, while the Crystal Palace outfit have also signed American forward Orlan Jackman joins Vince Macaulay’s London squad ahead of the British Basketball League 2012-13 season, out of from Oklahoma City University.

Watts lights up Giants

Manchester Giants have completed their first signing, luring England international David Watts north from Worcester Wolves.

The forward has been impressive in his two seasons in the west country but now moves back to his hometown, with the Giants sourcing local produce for their return to the BBL.

Nick George is also understood to be on their target list ahead of the new campaign.


Mersey plump for Walsh

Mersey Tigers have named Tony Walsh as their new head coach, replacing Tony Garbelotto who quit for a move to Germany.

The rookie boss will take over the troubled Liverpool club, who are set to recruit an entirely new side.

Riders go for rookie

Leicester Riders have signed rookie American centre John Fraley.

The 24 years old, 220 pounds player has just completed 4 years at Austin Peay University in the Ohio Valley Conference in the US, and averaged 12 points, 9 rebounds and nearly 2 blocks a game in his senior year, while shooting 61% from the floor.

“We are looking forward to working with John, he is a guy that is very talented and has shown that by performing very well at university in the tough Ohio Valley Conference,” said coach Rob Paternostro.
”He has proven himself to be an exceptional rebounder and has been very productive finisher on the offensive end.”

Darden hire for Rocks 

Glasgow Rocks have completed the signing of rookie American centre Meneptha Darden, who spent the last three years at Rogers State University in Oklahoma.

The 6’9” newcomer fills the void left by DeAundre Cranston, who has not been offered a new deal with the British Basketball League club.

Darden averaged only 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in his final year in college but Rocks coach Sterling Davis believes he can be an imposing presence for the Commonwealth Arena side.

He said: “Meneptha, I feel, is the big we have been wanting for a while now. He is very athletic, agile, and a really good shot blocker. I think what stood out about him is his intensity level when he plays the game. He is the guy who will do whatever needs done for his team to win and really seems to wear his heart on his sleeve.

“This guy is hungry to make a name for himself and I feel that he has not been given enough opportunity to prove his worth as yet. Hopefully he will come in and bring everything I envision of him to our team.”

Davis must also find a replacement for last season’s top scorer Mychal Green, who has agreed a deal with Luxembourg side Soleuvre.


Scheck move for Plymouth

Plymouth Raiders have signed their fifth player of the summer, and their second American, with the news that 6’8″ Matt Schneck will be joining the club from the Cheshire Jets.

“I’m delighted that Matt will be joining the team,” said Raiders head coach Gavin Love. “He’s a huge impact player, a fierce competitor, a winner, and plays with real intensity. When we’ve matched up against him in the past, he’s given us a hard time – he’s very hard to stop inside, a relentless rebounder and one of the top big men in the BBL in recent years.”

Last season with the Jets, Schneck averaged 16.1 points and 10.7 rebounds a game. The season before he averaged 18.3 points and 10.2 rebounds a game. With the Raiders, he will be in familiar company. Schneck will be following Colin O’Reilly in moving from the Jets to the Raiders, with Jeremy Bell making a similar move the season before.

“Those guys all know each other very well,” added Love. “They had a season together, and then Colin and Matt played together last year as well.”


Rocks fulfil their Fantazia

Glasgow Rocks have brought back guard Brice Fantazia for a second stint at the club, signing the American from Portuguese side Lusitania.

The Californian, who averaged nearly 10 points per game in the 2010-11 campaign, will fill the void left by Danny Huffor after it was confirmed the Scotland international will miss the entire season due to a knee injury.

“Most fans here will be familiar with Brice and what he can bring,” said Rocks coach Sterling Davis. “He is a hard-nosed guard who will not back down.  He spent last season playing for a very good Portuguese side and hopefully will come back with even more experience than when he left.”

Eagles go Dutch again with Maddox

Newcastle Eagles have completed the signing the signing of 6’8 power forward Kareem Maddox from Dutch side Zwolle. The 23 year American will be starting his second professional season and will look to fill the role vacated by the departing Andrew Thomson.

Maddox played Division I college basketball for the Princeton Tigers of the Ivy League. In his senior season he was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of Year and also named to the All Ivy League 1st team. Hailing from Oak Park, California, Maddox spent his first professional season playing for Landstede Zwolle of the Dutch Eredivisie. He averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 23 minutes per game and shot a healthy 36% from the three point line and 75% from the foul line before suffering an injury in January which curtailed his season.

The newcomer follows new Eagles point guard, Damon Huffman, from the same Dutch League club.

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