Player by player

FABULOUS Flournoy’s summer has been a hectic one, with the American having worked around the clock in order to assemble a roster he feels can help Newcastle dominate the BBL this season.

FABULOUS Flournoy’s summer has been a hectic one, with the American having worked around the clock in order to assemble a roster he feels can help Newcastle dominate the BBL this season. As his side prepare to open their Championship campaign against Guildford Heat in tomorrow’s big tip-off, the club’s industrious playcaller has given The Journal his rough guide to the Eagles squad.

LYNARD STEWART

(born Pennsylvania, 12/5/76)

“The new kid on the block in our team, but not a kid fresh out of college. Lynard has experience in the BBL and has been playing in Belgium for Chris Finch, the GB coach. I expect great things from Lynard and I’m delighted to have signed him at last. I’ve tried to get him here for the last four years. I’ve got him at last and I couldn’t be happier.”

RICHARD MIDGLEY

(born Burgess Hill, 7/7/83)

“Richard’s a great addition to our team and he will provide stability in the important point guard position. It took quite some time to get him but it was worth the wait for another quality English player. He’s a GB international, a high-calibre player who can make his mark on the team in his own way.”

ANDREW BRIDGE

(born Chesterfield, 5/10/79)

“Andrew’s (pictured right) another founder member for me. He has gone from strength-to-strength each year and he has just got better and better. Since leaving Sheffield, he has become a starter for me and he also has a bronze medal from the Commonwealth Games. He was the natural choice to be captain.”

CHARLES SMITH

(born Pennsylvania, 23/10/75)

“Charles was one of the first players I wanted to bring back to the club and I’m delighted to have got him back. He will add an extra dimension to the team. Charles has great experience in the BBL and is among the founder members in our team. He was here when I first took the job at Newcastle and I’m so pleased he has agreed to return.”

OLU BABALOLA

(born London, 10/9/81)

“Olu has great potential and I like to think that he can be the next big thing in the BBL. We all witnessed his talents at the Play-Offs last season and I’m looking forward to continuing working with him. I’m determined to help his achieve his ambitions and fulfil the great potential that he has.”

JEREMY HYATT

(born California, 16/10/74)

“Jeremy’s one of the deadliest shooters in the BBL. He’s someone who has been here a long time and has been instrumental in our system. He has vast experience and can do a great deal on the court for us. He’s an important part of the organisation.

DARIUS DEFOE

(born London, 30/10/84)

“We call him Double D or the man-child. He was a kid when he joined us, but he has come so far that he is a man in basketball terms. He just continues to get better and better and we’re just waiting for the finished product. He needs to be a bit more consistent, but the experience he has collected over the last two or three years will be so valuable.”

TOM SHERLOCK

(born Derby, 10/1/81)

“Tom has the potential to become a quality forward in the BBL. I think the sky’s the limit for this guy if he continues to work hard and improve at the rate he has done over the last 12 months. We found Tom during our trials last summer. It just goes to show what you can find on your doorstep if you look hard enough.”

BRIAN McCOTTER

(born Belfast, 6/6/84)

“Brian is everything I want and expect from everyone here. He just loves the game and always wants to be playing. He’s the kind of person you have to have in your organisation. It’s not just his talent that ensured we signed him again. I just couldn’t deny someone with his determination to be part of things.”

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