English Basketball League (EBL) Division Two side Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows have continued their rebuilding programme with two new additions, after the departure of Darren Best.
Best, who won the division’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in his debut season in England with the Arrows, joined British Basketball League (BBL) outfit Manchester Giants last month.
The Australian forward left behind some big shoes to fill, averaging 31 points and nine rebounds per game during the 2013/14 campaign, and played a big part in the progression of young talent at the club.
Best signed off with an emotional farewell: “I want to thank the Arrows club and family that took me in last year. I am very proud of what we achieved both on and off the court. The Arrows have proven to be a stepping stone for me to play at the highest level in the UK.
“I owe this achievement to the Arrows family. I would also like to give special mention to both Andrew Purnell and Rob Walcott as both of them proved to not only be great friends but good mentors for me,” he added.
While he will be missed, the Arrows have wasted no time in bringing in Mudathir Al Sketty and Dennis Scott, who both have experience playing in EBL Division One with the Bradford Dragons.
Al-Sketty, 34, a 6ft shooting guard has a wealth of national experience with both Bradford clubs and Leicester Warriors. While Scott, 26, is a 6ft 2in forward from Dragons.
Arrows have two friendlies lined up in the coming weeks - Hull Wasps visit Killamarsh Sports Centre on September 6 before Team USA Select visit Dronfield Sports Cenre on September 12.
The competitive season starts on Sunday, September 21 in a National Cup tie against nearby rivals Sheffield Hallam Sharks. The club’s under 18s side, meanwhile, will test themselves in the North Premier against the best of the region’s age group, including the likes of Newcastle Eagles and Sheffield Junior Sharks.
U18s coach Jonathan Kelly has added former Sheffield Saints player Levi Brock to his roster for the 2014/15 season.
The 16-year-old will play alongside Abdifatah Mohamed, Jordan Hopkinson and Zorian Zaheer for the Arrows, who begin their season on Saturday, September 27 against Cheshire Wire.