Plymouth Raiders have completed their 2013-14 roster with the addition of American Garrius Holloman.
The 6’6″ forward spent his rookie pro season in New Zealand earlier this season where he played a combined 17 matches for the Hub Jets and then Waikato Pistons, averaging a total of 17.7ppg.
And Coach Love told the Plymouth Herald he believes he has assembled a competitive team for the upcoming season:
“I think we can compete this season. I’m really happy with the team I have.”
“Yes, we’re young. Most of the guys have just one year’s experience, which may be the one downside you feel when you look at the team but we have great size, we’re very athletic and we’re quick,” Love added.
Holloman is the sixth new recruit for the Raiders with only Andreas Schreiber returning from last season’s side that reached two semi-finals, in the play-offs and the cup after finishing 6th in the league.
The other new additions include three from BBL opposition with Donald Robinson, Ben Eaves and Gabe Haskins joining from Glasgow, Manchester and Cheshire respectively. Robinson was a standout player for the Rocks last season and Haskins impressed for Phoenix as both guards averaging 15+ppg while Eaves averaged a handy 7.5 rebounds to complement his 12.3 points per game for the Giants.
Jarvis Jones will give Coach Love more options at the guard position as he joins the Raiders out of East Tennessee State University where he averaged 16 ppg in the NCAA1 last season. English forward Shane Walker is the final new face for Plymouth having previously played across Europe in Cyprus, Greece and most recently Holland.
Despite opting for a seven-man rotation, Coach Love has recruited a versatile roster with most of his additions able to play at different positions which could prove important.
Plymouth’s highest league finish came in 2008 when they came third, a year after their only BBL success in the Trophy and Coach Love will be aiming to add to their trophy cabinet and improve on their fortunes from last campaign.
Raiders squad in full: Gabe Haskins, Donald Robinson, Jarvis Jones, Ben Eaves, Garrius Holloman, Shane Walker and Andreas Schreiber.