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London in triple swoop
EBL Round-Up


London United have secured a triple swoop by securing the services of Canadian centre Damian Reid who played for them from November of last season and ex- London Towers star Peter Van Elswyk as well as luring Junior Williams from the Scottish Rocks.

Damian averaged over 12 rebounds per game and 14 points. 

Coaches Majewski and Schiller said “He will benefit from the pre-season training which he missed out on last year when he was a little out of shape, we expect him to do some great things for us this season”

“Peter will bring us great experience and his size and strength in the paint will give us many options with the two big men playing together. He is big and very mobile which will help us immensely.”

“Junior is a natural leader on the floor, he will help Steve Vear in his learning process as he is experienced and has played at International level. We had the choice of bringing another import player, but were keen to add more English talent to the roster especially with an individual who will bring the type of intensity as he will”

Damian Reid is registered at 6ft 9” and played at St Joseph’s in Philly whilst Peter Van Elswyk is 6ft 10” having played at Stanford and is coming off a pro career in Italy. Both have also played for London Towers in the BBL and Van Elswyk in their European exploits a few years ago.

EJ shoots south

EJ Harrison has quit Teesside Mohawks to join TradeMark Reading Rockets.

Harrison studied and played at the University of Connecticut from 96-99 where he won the NCAA Div. 1 National Championship. 

Harrison arrived in the UK the following year and became part of the Teesside Mohawks team which created basketball history by winning the treble on 2 consecutive years, beating Rockets at the NIA, Birmingham in May 03 in the Play Off Championship Final.

"I'm absolutely delighted," said a relieved CEO Gary Johnson.  "It's always more difficult to complete negotiations and contracts with players when they return to their homes in the off season, especially when it's in the USA.  We're just awaiting EJ's work permit and entry visa and then he'll join us for preseason training.  He's a quiet man who expresses himself superbly on court."

Following the departure of UK Paralympic coach Dave Titmuss to pastures new, Reading also recently appointed Mark Dunning as their new Head Coach.

The club has also signed ex-Manchester and Brighton forward Errol Seaman and former Ware guard Ross Carlton.

Jones back at Kingston

Kingston Wildcats have appointed a new coach for the coming season. Adrian Jones comes to the club after three years as assistant and then head coach of the now defunct Sutton Pumas. 

Jones is in fact coming back to Kingston as he was a junior and senior team player back with the old Kingcraft Kingston.

The new chief commented: 'It is like coming full circle as I began my playing career here with the old Kingston team as a junior and now return as head coach. 

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to select and build a team that matches my basketball philosophy.'

Rhondda get extra fizz

Coca-Cola has injected new fizz into the Rhondda Rebels by striking a deal to become the basketball team’s title sponsor.

The three-year sponsorship deal is the biggest the Rebels have ever scored, and will lead to the team being re-named the ‘Coca-Cola Rhondda Rebels’.

The Rebels’ international and local success has grabbed Coca-Cola’s attention, prompting them to come on board for the coming season, with the Valleys’ outfit gearing up to make further in-roads into European Basketball.

It was revealed today that the Rebels will Face Italian and French opposition in open stages of the European Cup. The Rebels will renew their rivalry against Lille Metropole and will take on Italian Teams Venezia Reyer Venice and Club Athletico Faenza. The current British League and cup holders are playing in the competition for the fourth year and have made a significant improvement each time they have played.

Andrew Tynan, General Manager of the Rebels said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted with the Coca-Cola sponsorship.  We’ve come a long way in recent years and we’ve certainly put British women’s basketball on the European map.  To have one of the biggest companies in the world on board is an exciting prospect and we’re looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership which will help us meet the challenges both on and off the court”

Despite their success in Britain and Europe, the Rebels are committed to increasing the profile of the sport and developing the game at grass roots  – a key aspect of Coca-Cola’s sponsorship investment.

The Sports Council for Wales will match the commercial sponsorship money for year one of the deal under the Sportsmatch Cymru scheme - aimed at encouraging commercial investment into grassroots sport. 

The Rhondda Rebels' Sportsmatch Cymru award will enhance the team’s existing schools development programme – which was set up with the help of a previous grant from the Sports Council for Wales.  The programme aims get more young people shooting hoops in Rhondda Cynon Taff and to set up six boys’ and girls’ teams across the county.


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