Cheshire Phoenix land rookie American center Eric Hamilton out of University of Pittsburgh.

Upon graduating from UNC Greensboro, Hamilton spent a postgraduate year at Pittsburgh, playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The 24-year-old took the floor on 31 occasions (21 starts) and averaged 5.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in just 16.5 minutes of play.

He said: “I chose to sign with Cheshire simply because of the conversations I had with coach Ben. I’ve heard nothing but good things. Your guys’ point-guard last year (Parker Jackson-Cartwright), I had great conversations with him.

“He’s a really good friend of mine, he and I were at the NBA 100 camp together out of high school so he’s been a friend of mine for the last five or six years, so he had nothing but positive things to say about Cheshire, the community and the basketball team. I’m looking to build on some of the things you guys accomplished last year, hopefully, take it one or two steps further.

“I’m looking forward to my first year as a pro a lot actually, but moreso just continuing a lot of the habits that I’ve been able to cultivate over the last few years. It’s going to be a continuation of the things that I’ve been doing, just becoming a professional every single day in my work habits, my workout routines and just bringing that same mentality to Cheshire. Hopefully, try to win as many games as we possibly can.”

Riders look Z

Leicester Riders have brought in American shooting guard Zach Jackson from Ukrainian Superleague side Kharkivski Sokoly.

Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro said: “He is an excellent long range shooter both off the catch and off the dribble, but he is also a guy that can score in the paint with drives, cuts, and post ups. He really has a knack for putting the ball in the basket.

“We were very impressed with his efficiency on the offensive end and are looking forward to being able to use his versatility on both ends of the floor.

“I enjoyed speaking with him, he has a hunger for the game and is a guy that has worked extremely hard to become the player he is.

“He has great size for a perimeter player, a late growth spurt has seen him grow to 6-7 which I think that will make him an even tougher guy to defend. We like his ability to take advantage of smaller defenders, with his size at the guard position he can be a really tough match-up for smaller guards.”

Wolves go Dutch again

Worcester Wolves have announced their first signing of the summer with the return of captain Maartin Bouwknecht.

The former Netherlands international led his side to the BBL Cup Final in January 2020 averaged 7.07 points, 3.14 assists, 2.07 rebounds and 1.07 steals per game.

“His versatility on the floor and his high order basketball IQ make him a valuable asset,” said head coach Matt Newby. “He has an excellent recognition in game play of the appropriate tempo or gear we need to be and his decision making at critical times proved invaluable.

“There is a lot that goes unseen and the impact he has, does not always register statistically, whether that be taking a charge, running the offence or communicating what he sees on the floor.

“That said, he is an excellent shooter and a strong creator and I will be expecting even higher returns this season.”

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