Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have added guard Rishi Kakad to their roster for this season.
Kakad, who was born in Luton and moved to America as a youngster, was on coach Rob Paternostro’s radar before a try-out earlier this summer settled the issue.
“Rishi worked out for us in Leicester and performed very well. He is very creative offensively and showed us that he can play both guard positions,” said Paternostro.
“He was a very effective scorer in college and can break people down with the dribble, which makes him a difficult match-up for opponents.
“It’s exciting to work with talented young players who want to get better and I think Rishi is one of those players.
“He fits into the team we have put together because he is versatile, skilled and hungry for success at the professional level.”
Last season, Kakad played for Wayland Baptist University in Texas where he led the team in scoring – with 16 points a game – and three-point shooting, netting more than 40 per cent of his long-range attempts. He also contributed three rebounds and two assists per game.
The 6ft 2in guard is looking forward to coming to Leicester.
“He is excited to be in Leicester and, in his first brief visit, he quickly embraced the community,” said Paternostro.
The coach said there are still a couple of signings to be confirmed ahead of Riders’ pre-season tournament this weekend.