Pierre Hampton Returns for Third Season

Category: News
Author: RidersMedia
Date: 26th June, 2018

Leicester Riders forward Pierre Hampton is returning for his third season with the Club, after being named to the Molten BBL Team of the Year last season.

The 27-year old Swedish forward has played for the Riders for the last two seasons, when Riders won the treble of trophies, the BBL Championship, the BBL Trophy, and the BBL Playoffs, two years in a row.

Hampton also played for Swedish Senior National Team between 2013 and 2014, and previously for the Swedish U-20 National Team between 2010 and 2011, and represented Sweden at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) five years ago.

Hampton has played previously professionally in Sweden for four different clubs, Norrkoping Dolphins, Uppsala Basket, Orebro and KFUM Uppsala, as well as having a spell at Plymouth Raiders.

Last season for the Riders Hampton scored 14 points a game, second best on the team, while shooting an exceptional 60% from the floor and a team leading 47% from the three point line.

He also pulled down 6 rebounds a game, and dished out over 2 assists per game.

Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro believes Hampton is a unique talent,

“Pierre has been a tremendous player for us the last two seasons. He has the ability to take advantage of what any defence gives him. He can play inside and outside and given us exceptional versatility at the offensive end.

“He also has plenty of big game experience. We have all seen what he can do in the last minutes of games when the result is in doubt.

“Pierre still has a lot of his best basketball ahead of him. He has improved every season.

“He also has had a lot of international experience so he is going to be really helpful with our Europe campaign. No matter the situation, or the type of basketball, he has shown he can adapt.

“Pierre is a really important player for us and we are all delighted he is back.

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