GREEN LIGHT FOR WATSON AS BBL CHAMP SIGNS FOR PLYMOUTH

GREEN LIGHT FOR WATSON AS BBL CHAMP SIGNS FOR PLYMOUTH

Championship winning Point Guard, Neil Watson, will be making the journey down south from Glasgow to join Plymouth Raiders for the 2017/18 season.

The 26-year-old, from Kansas, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi before turning pro and joining the Leicester Riders in 2014 where he led Leicester to the League and cup titles in the 2015/16 season.

A proven winner, known for his high tempo style, Watson has averaged 14.49ppg over his professional career, along with an impressive 5.83 assists.  Last season, after making the move north to title rivals Glasgow Rocks, he averaged 16.28ppg and 4.34 assists, elevating the Scottish team to 3rd in the BBL Championship.

Making a signing of Watson’s calibre is a real statement of intent for the Raiders under the new stewardship of Mackenzie and Mollard, as the club looks to shrug of recent seasons of playoff place battles.

Gavin Love, Head Coach for the Plymouth Raiders said: “We are expecting a great deal from Neil this season, he will need to raise the level of those around him for our season to be a success.

“With his experience in the BBL we are confident he is the right person to lead our team from the PG position. He has all the tools a player need to excel in the league, and I believe he still can expand areas of his game and I’m confident we will see that improvement this season.”

Speaking of his move to Plymouth Neil Watson said: “I’m very excited to be joining the Raider family, and I’m looking forward to competing for trophies this season while doing a lot of winning.”

Further announcements from Coach Love are expected throughout August as he builds team ready to complete for trophies in the coming BBL season.