Leicester Riders

Riders_Horse_LogoWebsite: www.leicesterriders.co.uk

Twitter: @RidersBball

Contact: info@leicesterriders.co.uk  Telephone: 0116 255 863

Honours:

National Cup Winners 2001

BBL Play-Off Winners 2001, 2013

BBL Cup Winners 2013

BBL Championship Winners 2013

Head-Coach: Rob Paternostro (@robpaternostro)

Roster:  Jay Couisnard #5 (@JCousy3); Anthony Downing #7 (@AD_Lucky7); Andrew Sullivan #8 (@drewsullivan8); Jorge Calvo #9 (@jcalote); Levi Noel #11 (@levinoel); Harrison Gamble #12 (@HarrisonGamble); Connor Washington #13 (@Con_Air11); Barry Lamble #15 (@Barry_lamble); Jamell Anderson #21 (@JAMELL_UK); Anthony Rowe #33 (@antrowe33); Rashad Hassan (@DeuceBeGoinIn);

History: In 2013, Leicester ended a baron spell of twelve years without a trophy after a historic treble-winning season, claiming their first ever Champonship as well as the Cup and Play-Offs. The fortunes of the Riders have improved considerably under the reign of Rob Paternostro. The wily coach took over in 2008 and won the Coach of the Year award in his first season after guiding his new side to their highest league position in the BBL. They would better the third place finish by ending the 2011-12 campaign as runners-up whilst also coming  second best to Newcastle in the final of the Play-Offs. The 22 victories achieved were a club record; eclipsing the 21 set by Paternostro’s side in his first season, only for the Riders to smash their record last season with a 30-3 record. Paternostro, who also played for the Riders a few seasons before becoming head coach, is the club’s most successful coach with over 100 wins to his name already. The club was founded in 1967 and began playing in 1972 under the name of Loughborough All-Stars until they moved to Leicester in 1981. They were known as the Leicester City Riders when the BBL began in 1987 and were beaten finalists on two occasions before ending their wait for silverware in 2001 with a domestic double by which point they were simply known as the Leicester Riders. DMU and Jelson Homes sponsor the club and saved Leicester from finanical difficulties in 2007. The Riders play their home games at John Sanford Centre but have also recently hosted matches at Loughborough University for televised purposes to fit the regulations for Sky Sports. Billy Singleton was part of the squad that won the double in 2001 and is the 4th all-time scorer in the BBL.

Summer Transactions: The Riders sent out an early statement of intent by re-signing players early including GB captain Drew Sullivan and Spaniard Jorge Calvo to join youngsters Jamell Anderson and Connor Washington, who had signed multi-year deals in 2011.  Anthony Rowe also committed to Leicester for a second season while club captain Barry Lamble signed up for a seventh consecutive season to make him the longest serving player. Influential American and 2013 BBL Cup Final MVP Jay Couisnard re-signed in July and was soon followed by fellow natives and the first new recruits of the summer, Rashad Hassan and Anthony Downing. Hassan, a 23 year-old 6’8″ forward, signs from Savannah State where he averaged 13ppg last year while Downing, also 23, is a 6’1″ guard joining from Missouri. Harrison Gamble became the 10th confirmed signing and the 21 year-old has previously played with the Reading Rockets whilst spending last season in Spain, averaging 9.4 ppg with Sant Josep Girona. Former GB under-20 international Levi Noel became signing number 11 in September when he signed his first pro contract with the Riders.

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