Leicester Riders have signed DeAndre Burnett to replace the injured Niem Stevenson.

The rookie guard, who joins out of the University of Mississippi, will make his debut in Thursday’s Basketball Champions League qualifier against Bakken Bears.

Stevenson had incurred a knee injury and with battles on domestic and overseas fronts this season, Riders coach Rob Paternostro had no option but to shuffle his deck.

“He had hyper-extended his knee so badly that we were worried it would be something he’d be dealing with all year,” he said. “But DeAndre was available and he’s coming out of a great programme at Ole Miss.

“I also felt in pre-season that we needed a little extra scoring. We’d been struggling there a bit so I think he will help us.”

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