George aiming to develop British talent

Leading the way: George giving some advice. Image- ©Jack Hinds Photography

Advice: George talking at a recent session.     Image- ©Jack Hinds Photography

Experienced GB international Nick George is providing a high-level fitness programme in order to share his professional knowledge with aspiring British athletes.

George said: “I want to develop British talent at all levels especially grass roots. The fitness side of our program is targeted towards athletes and people who are passionate about being in optimum shape.”

The 30 year-old has been pleased with how the NG Pro Performance workouts have begun and is looking to use his passion to take the programme forward.

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Creekmore strengthens Wolves’ will to win

Creekmore joining the Wolfpack for 2013-14

Creekmore joining the Wolfpack for 2013-14

Worcester Wolves have confirmed the signing of American centre Will Creekmore and their new recruit is looking forward to a new challenge.

“I’m extremely excited about playing with the Wolves this season. The BBL is a competitive league in a great country and I’m excited to help the team compete for a title,” Creekmore said.

The 24 year-old becomes head-coach Paul James‘ 4th new signing and is delighted to have a chance to shine with Worcester.

He said: “The BBL is an up and coming league and I think that it’s well on its way to being one of the top leagues in Europe.

“The chance to be a key contributor on a team that has the pieces to play at a very high level was really attractive to me and I think that Coach James and I are definitely on the same page about doing what it takes to win.”

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Blast from the Past: Steve Dagostino

Number 1: Dagostino with the BBL Cup in 2011. Image: Rob McPherson

MVP: Dagostino with the BBL Cup in 2011.(Image: Rob McPherson-MPhotography.co.uk)

Steve Dagostino describes his time with the Sheffield Sharks as ‘one of the greatest experiences in his professional career’ and the point guard will be most remembered for his scintillating display in the 2011 BBL Cup Final.

“For me the CUP was amazing.  As a team we couldn’t have played a better game and my confidence was sky high that day,” admitted Dagostino, who poured in 35 points on 8-10 shooting from downtown to earn the MVP award.

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Coach Steutel filled with pride after special achievement

Marc of a champion (Credit: Dave More)

Marc of a champion (Credit: Dave More)

Marc Steutel has described GB’s recent promotion to Division A as one of the ‘proudest basketball moments of his career’ as he now prepares for another season with Team Northumbria.

“It’s quite difficult to really put into words how special it was”

The under-20’s side won their first seven matches at the European Championships before falling short in the Final against Poland, a team they had beaten earlier in the tournament. GB will now compete in Division A at under-20 level for the first time, which is a remarkable achievement to underline their progression.

“It really is amazing to be a part of something that is great for the future of British Basketball,” added Steutel, who was the performance analyst/assistant coach in Romania.

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Gamble looking to stake his claim at Leicester

Riders-LogoLeicester Riders have confirmed their TENTH summer signing in 21 year-old Harrison Gamble.

The 6’10” forward/centre spent last season in Spain where he averaged 9.4 points per game along with 4.9 rebounds for Sant Josep Girona.

Gamble also has previous experience of playing in the UK having spent four seasons with the Reading Rockets and is looking forward to his next big challenge with the defending champions.

Last season’s treble-winners have comfortably announced more signings than any other BBL club so far with three new recruits joining seven players all committed to re-signing for the Riders.

Gamble joins fellow British youngsters Jamell Anderson and Connor Washington while Drew Sullivan, Barry Lamble and Anthony Rowe are the other returning Brits. Spaniard Jorge Calvo re-signs for a second year as does American Jay Couisnard, who is now accompanied by two new compatriots in 23 year-olds Rashad Hassan and Anthony Downing.

Check out Leicester Riders’ profile page on Buzzer Beater with an in-depth look at their summer transactions.