Plymouth Raiders are delighted to announce that Australian Point Guard Josh Wilcher will return for the 19/20 season. Josh returned to Plymouth at the start of this season and has been a crucial part of the clubs success this year.
Wilcher took the league by storm this season averaging 17 points and 6 assists per game which helped Raiders reach their first playoffs in 7 seasons. Josh left everything on the floor each and every game he played, a shoulder injury saw him sidelined for a couple of crucial games but this didn’t hold him back as he helped the team battle through and pick up some historic wins, this included the opening night of the Newcastle Community Arena, a quarter final win over number 1 seed London Lions and playing 120 minutes of playoff basketball in just 4 days.
Josh was voted Raiders MVP for the 18/19 season by the fans and forced out stiff competition from Donte Nicholas and Rashad Hassan for the award.
On his return Josh said “ It’s great to be coming back to the Raiders for another season.
“This season we accomplished bringing the club back to the playoffs and showing the league how good we can be.
“I’m excited being a part of the future going forward and hope we can make more positive steps starting in September!
“I’ll be heading back to play in the QBL for Townsville Heat over the summer as we chase a 3peat.
“I’m looking forward to working on my game down there so I can come back stronger next season.”
Head Coach Paul James said “It’s just brilliant that Josh is back next season. I tried to sign him on at least two occasions at my previous club.
“I’m delighted he is here with us in Plymouth as he has shown out to be the player, I thought he was. He has had an outstanding season.
“Josh is a true professional and a real tough competitor and is everything I look for in a point guard. He’s a very smart and intelligent player who does it all.
“He makes the people around him better through his unselfish play, but at the same time can take a game by the scruff of the neck and score the ball in many ways.
“Josh’s stat line of averaging 17ppg, 6apg, close to 4rpg and 2spg, puts him right up there as one of the best all-round players in the league.
“What more could I possibly want from my point guard? It’s great to have Josh Wilcher back in Raiders green!!!”
Josh will return to the Pavilions in September but will you? Season Memberships are still available at the early bird rate until May 31st so make sure you get yours now!