Leicester Riders have signed Italian American Joe Scott for the upcoming British Basketball League season following a strong season in Austria at Vienna D.C. Timberwolves last year.
The 31-year old Scott averaged 15.3 points per game alongside 2.3 assists with Vienna last season and will be looking to bring shooting and his experience to the roster for the upcoming year.
Scott is pleased to join the Riders organisation for the upcoming season off the back of a great year on the continent.
“It’s a blessing. I’m thankful to be here, and I’m thankful to know just how much everyone involved is hungry to win. I recognize just how much pride goes into wearing the name on the front of the jersey at Leicester, and I love it.
“The winning culture that the organization and management, the coaches, the players, and the fans all bring creates such an exciting environment, and I’m so geared up and ready to contribute to it.”
The veteran shooter will add a new dimension to the Riders roster and shares ties with the club through his former teammates. Scott played alongside former Captain Tyler Bernardini in Italy as well as competed in high school alongside former Riders guard Cameron Rundles.
“I actually never played in the UK BBL, but I’ve been keeping tabs on the Riders since 2011, when my long-time friend and former teammate Cameron Rundles first started his professional career at Leicester,” commented Scott.
“I also played in Italy with Tyler Bernardini, and I know how much he bleeds Red and Black. Both of these high-character guys rave about the Riders, and it just gets me more and more excited to join this organisation and strive for greatness along with it.”