DURHAM Wildcats have moved to kick-start their season by seeking to draft exciting United States guard DJ Glavan into their BBL squad.
The playmaker has been winning rave reviews as the star turn in Durham University’s all-conquering BUCS squad this season.
Glavan has also been tearing it up in EBL Division One after moving to the Tees Valley Mohawks earlier this season.
The marketing and management student, on a Durham University scholarship, was identified by Wildcats head coach Dave Elderkin earlier this year as one for the future.
But his sparkling form, couple with the Wildcats’ slow start to their rookie season in the BBL, has prompted promotion to the top flight earlier than anticipated.
“We need a pure point guard and DJ is exactly that,” explained Elderkin. “It also means we can give Ralph Bucci more freedom in the backcourt.
“We are expecting clearance from the BBL in time for this weekend’s game against Sheffield.
“DJ already plays with a lot of the BBL team at University level and trains with us most days. He knows the system and can slot straight in.” Durham’s roster already boasts its full complement of American players. And that means forward Fred Hinnenkamp has been ‘parked’ until further notice.
“Fred will continue to play BUCS in the short term but there is an opportunity to bring him back into the BBL squad in the future,” added Elderkin.
The Wildcats host Sheffield Sharks at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre tomorrow (7pm tip) with Glavan expected to make his top flight debut.