Bristol Flyers have completed the signing of 6ft 3in American guard Adam Weary.
The 22-year-old joins the club having played NCAA Division One college basketball at High Point University in the Big South Conference.
Weary made 116 appearances for the Panthers over his four-year college career, averaging 10.8 points per game on 33% shooting from behind the three point line, and signs his first professional contract with the Flyers.
“I was really excited when I first heard about the interest from Bristol,” Weary told bristolflyers.co.uk.
“I had the chance to speak to Coach Kapoulas and actually signed the contract back in May, which really gave me that peace of mind.
“He’s been a big part of this team over the past 12 years and I could tell straight away that he was very passionate about this organisation.
“He told me how the team have been improving since they joined the BBL and how they want to keep improving each year and eventually be a contender in this league.
“Knowing that I already have this opportunity has given me that extra motivation to put in the hard work this summer.”
Weary led High Point University to four straight Big South regular season championships during his college career, scoring 1,258 career points, whilst grabbing 115 career steals.
In his senior year, he averaged 12.4 points per game, whilst shooting 51% from the field, earning himself a place in the All-Big South Second Team in 2016.
“Winning is like a habit,” he added.
“Some teams win games because they’re used to winning. A lot of my team-mates weren’t really used to that when I first joined High Point, so we really had to turn that culture around.
“I really want to bring that winning mentality to Bristol, and you do that by being a good team-mate, staying humble and showing that you really care about the team’s success.”
Weary will join his new team-mates for pre-season training at the end of August, as Flyers begin their preparations for the 2017/18 BBL campaign.
“Adam is a player that will fit very well in our system,” said Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas.
“He has good size, strong build and can play both guard spots. He can score and create for the team and we really like the different ways he can attack the defence.
“Most importantly, he brings with him a winning mentality as he helped his College programme win four straight Big South regular season championships.
“He won games at both high school and college level and has shown he can step up and be the main guy.
“However he can also play the supporting role and help his team win by contributing in whatever way is required by the team, which is something that we really value at the Flyers.
“His college career came to an abrupt ending as he picked an injury at the end of his senior year. He has spent the whole of this year training with his college programme and he is fully fit and ready to go.
“He is hungry to play and we look forward to having him with us at the end of August.”
Weary becomes the sixth player to commit to Bristol Flyers for the 2017/18 season, joining Brandon Boggs, Leslee Smith, Mike Vigor, Roy Owen and Daniel Edozie.
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