Leicester Riders have brought back American guard Bradd Wierzbicki for a second spell at the club.

Wierzbicki first joined the Leicester Riders in 2008 where he stayed for two highly successful seasons before he moved a short distance across Europe to Spain where he continued his playing career for La Coruna.

“Number one thing I want to say is that we’re happy to have Bradd back,” Riders coach said Rob Paternostro.

“It’s nice to have a guy who knows the way we play here, knows the program and experienced two successful years here previously. The important thing about Bradd is that he’s not just a shooter, he’s a scorer and by adding him to the team, we’re strengthening our perimeter play further.”

Wildcats turn to Huskies

Durham Wildcats are set to swoop for Houston Baptist University pair Fred Hinnenkamp and Mario Flaherty for their inaugural season in the BBL.

Hinnenkamp, a 6’7” forward, averaged 5.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in his senior year in college.

While Flaherty, who had a brief aborted stint in the New Zealand League earlier this summer, is a 6’8” centre who tallied 13.8 points and 9.2 rebounds last season.

Both are expected to study for post-graduate degrees at Durham University as part of the club’s tie-up.


Eagles all for good Gause

Newcastle Eagles have signed 25-year-old American point guard Paul Gause as a replacement for Trey Moore.

The 5 foot 11 New Jersey native is a graduate of Seton Hall University where he was the all-time leader in steals.

In an impressive college career he averaged 8 points and 3 assists as well as leading the Big East conference in steals in both his sophomore and senior seasons.

In his first season as a professional he played at Freiburg in the German Pro A league and averaged 16 points per game and 4 assists.

Eagles coach Fab Flournoy said: “Paul has an excellent pedigree and we are hoping he will come into our team and give us an infusion of energy. He is a high tempo, aggressive player and he should fit right into the system that we rely on. I am looking forward to having him here in pre-season in order that we can begin to integrate him into our group.”

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