Regulars to the John Sandford Sports Centre this season will have seen a familiar face make his voice heard both on the court and on the sidelines.
For many seasons, guard Yorick Williams has been an integral performer in BBL, enjoying a career which has seen him play on several different teams across a decade. During that time, the Manchester-born guard has scored over 6,202 points, whilst also representing England and Great Britain.
It’s that wealth of experience which has made Yorick an invaluable asset to Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders this season, as the side become irresistibly close to lifting their first-ever BBL Championship title, with the 6’5’’ long-range shooting specialist an influence whether he is on the floor or not.
It’s a presence that Leicester Riders head coach, Rob Paternostro, has been pleased to have during an incredible season.
“I’ve always valued the input of all players; I think that they have got a feel for what’s going on out on the floor,” says Paternostro.
“With Yorick, I’ve known him longer than I have known anybody in basketball in this country. He’s a long-time friend of mine and we were team-mates on two different teams. We have a really good relationship. We talk the game and he has a really good eye for watching the game. We have communicated a lot this season.
“On the floor, he’s been huge for us over the last four or five games over this stretch. He’s given us some great minutes and he’s done exactly what I thought he would do this season, which is being ready whenever called upon and able to provide excellent minutes.
“When he’s not called upon, he’s still valued as part of how we attack the game.”