Former Kentucky State University forward Anthony Simpson inked a deal with the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and will play for them in the 2010-2011 Season of the BBL.
The 23-year old American, who averaged nine points and six rebounds last year, played under Kent State Head Coach Geno Ford who is a former point guard of the Riders.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to work with Anthony. He has a lot of qualities that I look for in a player. He is very athletic and has the ability to make plays from all over the court. I think the BBL will be a great place to start his professional career.” Leicester Rider’s Coach Rob Paternostro said.
“Geno was a big help, he is familiar with our organization and after speaking with him, both he and I believed that this would be a good fit for Anthony and the Riders.” he added.
Simpson also had an impressive 52% clip from the field and led his team in dunks, helping the Golden Flashes bagged the regular-season title.
“One of the things that impressed me about Anthony is how unselfish he is. In college he was committed to winning and was willing to fill whatever role he needed to in order for his team to be successful.” Paternostro said.
On the other hand, English Division One MVP Stefan Gil will suit up for the Milton Keynes Lions after striking a deal with the team for the 2010-2011 Season.
The 26-year old points guard averaged 23 points and five assists last season for the Manchester Magic of the Danish Top League, helping his team bagged the playoff crown.
“I am delighted to acquire Stefan, we knew about him and his athletic ability but this past season in Manchester he has really blossomed, he came to trials, dominated and is rewarded with a contract, hats off to him for not settling for playing at home and success at the EBL level, he wants to challenge himself against the best this country has to offer and we are confident he will do well”. Lions’ Head Coach Mike New said.