The Plymouth Raiders have announced the signing of point guard Rickey McGill as they continue their preparations for the 2020/21 season.
23-year-old McGill joins the Raiders from Greek outfit Panionios, after enjoying a fruitful rookie year in Greece's HEBA A1. During his time in Greece, McGill averaged 7.6 points and 3.5 assists.
As McGill sets himself another challenge after a year in one of Europe's toughest leagues, it's another opportunity for the American to showcase his talents. He told the Raiders official website:
"Coach has told me great things about the fans and city, so I am looking forward to hopefully entertaining them and bringing success to this club.
"I’m grateful for the opportunity and can't wait to get started!"
The six foot two guard is a former NBA prospect and even worked out for the Sacramento Kings before the 2019 draft, before moving to Athens to continue to his development.
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McGill has demonstrated his talents in one of Europe’s toughest leagues and is raring to go in the BBL.
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Raiders Head Coach Paul James is looking for McGill to hit the ground running as he continues to adapt to professional basketball, and is excited about what the former Iona Gaels guard will bring to Plymouth.
"He is a tremendously quick and dynamic player who can score in many ways as well as being a great facilitator of the ball" James told the Raiders official website.
"He plays with great intelligence and attitude and we are very pleased to have been able to sign him for the coming season."
McGill found opportunities hard to come by in his freshman and sophomore year in the NCAA , but found his footing in a promising junior year where he averaged 10 points per game.
He then attracted the attention of scouts from the NBA and in Europe when he exploded onto the scene in his final year, averaging an impressive 26 points per game before Iona were eliminated by a North Carolina side headlined by NBA players Coby White and Nassir Little.
As McGill continues to improve his showings year on year, the Raiders will be hoping he is able to lead a club which finished second bottom of the British Basketball League before its untimely finish last season.