RAIDERS TURN TO THE BALTICS FOR LATEST BIG MAN

RAIDERS TURN TO THE BALTICS FOR LATEST BIG MAN

The Plymouth Raiders are happy to announce the capture of 6’8 Estonian forward, Joonas Järveläinen, from TTU KK in the Estonian KML.

Joonas, originally from Paide in Estonia, had an impressive season with TTU KK, averaging 17.07ppg, the third highest in the league, and was fourth in rebounding with and impressive hall of 7.82pg.

TTU KK also featured in the Baltic League, comprising teams from Estonia, Lithuania, Belarus, Latvia and  Kazakhstan, where Joonas was the third leading scorer, averaging 19.29ppg, including 41% from beyond the three point line, and made the team of the month in November and December.

Despite being only 27, Joonas brings a wealth of experience having turned pro in 2011, and has consistently average double figures in scoring since 2012.

Plymouth Raiders Head Coach Gavin Love said: “Joonas joins us after having a great season in Estonia and brings us good size at the power forward position.”

“His versatility allows him to play at both the three and four positions, and although there is bound to be a period of adjustment having played predominantly in the Estonian league, I feel his experience will be of great value to the team this season.”

Raiders’ new recruit, Joonas Järveläinen, is excited about more than just his on court involvement, adding  “I’m looking forward to what Britain has to offer on the basketball court, and on a broader scale, culturally off it”

Image by Eero Vabamägi

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