Newcastle Eagles have landed American centre Evan Maxwell.

Last season, he played for Nova Ves in Slovakia’s top division, averaging 15.6 points and 7.5 rebounds over 27 games.

And the newcomer is slated to make his Eagles debut in next Friday’s home preseason opener, expected to be against Shefffield Sharks in one of the government’s test sporting events with around 800 fans admitted.

“I’ve been spending the last few weeks researching and learning about the BBL and the Eagles.

“I’m blessed to be joining a league that has continued to get better over the past years and a club with such incredible success in this league.

“I know I am joining a winning culture and also a community-oriented organization and I’m extremely grateful to be wanted by the organization and to be a part of it.

“I plan to bring a hardworking and winning mentality to the club. I know I will be joining other great and experienced players so I look forward to learning from them and following their lead.

“As I understand and learn the culture of the team I also hope to come into my own as a leader for the team on and off the court.

“I plan to get better every day and do my part to add to the winning success of the program. I’m honoured to be a part of this organisation and I plan to represent the Newcastle Eagles to the best of my abilities.”

Head Coach Ian MacLeod, who has also re-signed Eddie Matthew, has no doubts that he has landed a big part of his 2020-21 plans.

“Evan is someone who has gone a little below the radar in recent years. A big body with a great touch from outside,” added MacLeod.

“I think he will prove a difficult match up. When I did the background research, I heard nothing but good things about Evan.

“A family man and a hard worker who will fill a big role in our offence. I am very happy to be bringing Evan to Newcastle.

“In Slovakia last year he performed extremely well and after talking with him it is obvious, he wants to continue to progress and grow, I think this is a great place to do just that.”

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