London Lions have signed Dirk Williams from Zalakeramia ZTE KK of Hungary.

It marks a return to the BBL for the American forward who previously played two seasons at Sheffield Sharks.

Williams said; “I am very excited for this opportunity to play back in the BBL and even more excited to get a chance to play in the Basketball Champions League. I think this will be good for British basketball if we can go forward and win some games.

“Me personally I think it’s time for the BBL to get more respect than it has had over the years. This League can be very competitive. Big thanks to the London Lions for this opportunity and I can’t wait to get to work.”

New Glasgow Rocks player-coach Gareth Murray has made his first signing by agreeing a fresh deal with former Great Britain Under-20 cap Fraser Malcolm.

The 24-year-old forward, who featured for Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, had considered an early retirement from the sport after falling out of favour last term when Vincent Lavandier was in charge.

But with the Rocks eager to retain as much of their Scottish core as possible, Malcolm has been persuaded to stay for a second season.

And Murray said: “Bringing Fraser back for another season was an easy decision, with limited minutes last season he showed some bright spells.  I will be looking for him to bring that youthfulness energy he showed in the Commonwealth Games.  With a bigger role to play this year, I think we will see a lot more productivity and confidence from him.”

Bristol Flyers have agreed a new one-year deal with British forward Raphell Thomas-Edwards.

While Leicester Riders re-signed Canadian guard Corey Johnson, who averaged 12.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game over 10 games last season, arriving midway through with Jordan Spencer before the campaign was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Riders coach Rob Paternostro said; “Corey made an immediate impact when he arrived last season, his energy and ability were immediately valuable to our team.”

“Obviously he is a dangerous three point threat, his shooting can impact the game in many ways, but he was more than just a shooter. He really plays with an intelligence out on the floor and we are expecting big things from him this season.”

“Defensively he was very good, he has good size and length and a hunger play to defence. He was locked in on that side of the door from the moment he arrived. His communication and commitment to team defence was excellent.”

The Harvard graduate is back in his native Canada at the moment and will represent CEBL side Guelph Nighthawks before returning to Leicester.

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