Leicester Riders star forward Taylor King is returning to the US to pursue career opportunities after just an enormously successful season with the Riders, which included the treble of a BBL Championship, BBL Trophy and the BBL Playoffs.
The player had signed on a 2 year contract, but the club has agreed his release for family reasons, so he can return to the US.
The 28 year old American was the final piece in the jigsaw for Head Coach Rob Paternostro, signing for Riders in September. Despite a slow start to the campaign, King really shifted up a gear as the season progressed, and it was no coincidence that helped trigger a record-breaking 16 game winning streak for the Riders.
King was deservedly crowned MVP at the BBL Trophy Final against Plymouth Raiders, a game Riders dominated and virtually won in the first quarter, and was integral to Leicester defending their league title with a game average of 12.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in the BBL Championship – as well as 2.65 assists per outing.
In the Play-Off Final against Newcastle Eagles, another game dominated by the Riders, and was virtually over in the first period, King contributed 11 points, 6 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals. King was also selected in the Molten BBL Team of the Year 2016-17.
Paternostro had nothing but praise for the King and stated: “Taylor was a huge part of our success this season and we wish him well.
“He is a fabulous player who immediately fit in with what we were doing here, and was a great team player. He adjusted his game to the demands of the team, and he was a great team mate. The Riders and the BBL will miss him.”
Meanwhile King himself added: “I would like to sincerely thank the Leicester Riders organisation for the opportunity to be a part of a such a great club.
“It has been a pleasure playing for Rob and with this special group of guys. Thanks also goes to the wonderful Riders fans for the support in this incredible season.”