Newcastle Eagles hoping to have more signings on board by the end of the week

Dave Forrester admits Newcastle Eagles have gone smaller for their point guard than they normally would

Dave Forrester
Dave Forrester

Newcastle Eagles are thinking small in an attempt to win big next season.

The Eagles announced the signing of college prospect Rahmon Fletcher yesterday, a 5ft 10ins point guard who has played in the Eredivisie with Dutch side Weert.

He arrived on Tyneside after starring at college with the University of Wisconsin – being voted on to the all-Horizon Conference second team twice and on to the first team in his junior season.

He then spent two seasons in the Dutch top flight. His second season averages of 14 points and four assists per game – along with a 55 per cent shooting average – were an important factor in attracting the Eagles’ attention. But Eagles assistant coach Dave Forrester admits that it is rare for the Eagles to take a player who is smaller than their usual point guard recruits.

“Rahmon ticks a lot of the boxes for us. He has played at a high level in college but he also played regularly for that college. A lot of guys, on their CV, they have a college like that but then they haven’t played regularly for them,” he said.

“He has also played in Europe as well and we prefer that because they then have proven experience of playing in Europe. The adjustment period is definitely reduced and it means that we can compare what they have done in Europe after coming out of college.

“But he is a smaller point guard than we’re used to, that is the case. We have looked around the BBL and we think there will be a lot of smaller point guards in the league this season so we don’t think it will be a problem.”

Forrester thinks that the Eagles should be at an advanced stage in their recruitment by the end of the week.

They have already signed Andy Thomson and re-signed Drew Lasker.

“Hopefully we will be pretty close by the end of the week. The way the system works we need to have everything pretty much sorted because with things like visas we can’t really hang around,” he said.

“We want to have everyone in for pre-season, which starts on September 1, and if that is going to be the case then we need to have them on board pretty quickly.”


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