Birmingham Knights

Twitter@BhamKnights

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Website: http://birminghamknights.co.uk/

Contact: info@birminghamknights.co.uk or Telephone: 0121 7097730

Head-Coach: Paul Douglas (@TheKnightsCoach)

Roster: Michael Gayle #4; Kieran Mills #6 (@livelovekie); Josh Rolls-Tyson #7 (@JoshRollsTyson); Martyn Gayle #8 (@Mr_M_Gayle); James McKeown #10 (@_jamesmac); Jordan Dawes #11 (@jordandawes) Aaron Maher #13 (@aaronmaher13); Brent Benson #20; Emile Hopkins #22 (@ehops); Ryan Lewis #23 (@perfec_tweets); Armond Battle (@Tropicana_12)

History: The Birmingham based franchise are embarking on their first season in the league after delaying their entry. The club had an application approved by the BBL in 2011 and were set to join last season before venue altercations resulted in waiting another year. The Knights will be play at the Doug Ellis Centre and will be coached by Paul Douglas, a former player for the Birmingham Bullets. Oaks Consultancy will be the club operators and the team’s nickname was made by the fans.

Summer Transactions: The Knights first confirmed signings of the summer came in the form of Michael and Martyn Gayle. The latter was the leading points scorer in Division 1 of the EBL after averaging 21.1 points per game while his brother has previous BBL experience with Worcester as well as playing in the German Pro-B league.  Both players have represented England at youth level and they were soon joined on the roster by young British forward Ryan Lewis, who joins from Leicester Warriors. Signing number 4 came another Warrior in Emile Hopkins, who also has BBL experience with the Riders. The 6’8″ forward spent four seasons with the EBL Division 1 side but played a handful of games in the BBL. Brent Benson became the first announced import signing for the Knights. The 6’2″ guard brings experience from the EuroLeague with Polish side Asseco as well as having tried out with NBA D-League side Springfield Armor. Armond Battle became the next Knight import having impressed last season with the Urban Blue Knights averaging 20+ points per game. Coach Douglas began to fill out his final roster spots adding former GB u-20 international Josh Rolls-Tyson along with Aaron Maher, Kieran Mills and James McKeown.

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