Smith- ‘I would love to finish my career in Newcastle’

Smith in action (www.bbl.org.uk)

Smith in action (www.bbl.org.uk)

Charles Smith admitted the decision to re-sign for the Newcastle Eagles was one of the easiest he has ever had to make and would love to end his career with the club.

There were offers from teams in France and Sweden but Smith insisted Newcastle was the only place he wanted to be.

“The club means everything to me I would do anything for the club. I’ve been here since the beginning it is part of my family now.”

Smith has enjoyed an illustrious career in the BBL having made his debut for Newcastle back in 1999. The 37 year-old has won 15 trophies with the Eagles in 11 seasons but for the second time in the last three years, failed to win anything last season.

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Battle awaits Knights

18d30ec03ad052ec9c738f7f778c0221Birmingham Knights’ second import signing Armond Battle is excited about the challenge of helping the BBL new-boys in his first season as a pro.

The 23 year-old joins compatriot Brent Benson along with other confirmed signings Emile Hopkins, Ryan Lewis and brothers Michael and Martyn Gayle and is looking forward to the opportunity.

“I am very excited to start my professional career with the Birmingham Knights. The fact that they are a new team is intriguing and will be great experience that I am excited to be a part of.”

Battle added: “The Knights are giving me a chance to fulfill one of my life long dreams and I cant wait to contribute my skills to the team.”

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Blast from the Past: Ryan Zamroz

Zamroz  lays the ball in for the Riders. Image: Ville Vuorinen

Zamroz lays the ball in for the Riders. Image: Ville Vuorinen

Ryan Zamroz had an impressive season with Leicester Riders in 2010-11 and believes his time in the BBL was a good platform for bigger things in Europe.

The 26 year-old averaged 18.4 points per game with the Riders and has gone on to excel in spells in Sweden and France since.

“I enjoyed my time with Leicester. Although I had played a season in Australia, the UK was my first introduction to Pro basketball in Europe and helped establish my career here.

“The UK is a beautiful place with a lot to see and playing with Leicester allowed me to see and experience it.  Not to mention meeting some great people there in Leicester as well!” Zamroz added.

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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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