Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders head coach Rob Paternostro believes that this season could be a big one for young forward Jamell Anderson, who this summer represented Great Britain in the inaugural 3-on-3 World Championship in Athens prior to signing a new long-term deal with the club.
The former Essex Pirate arrived in Leicester last summer and has since been studying at Loughborough University. Whilst he didn’t get many minutes at the beginning of the season, the 23-year-old forward came into his own in the final games of a hugely successful season for Riders, as the team finished the year with a BBL Play-Off Final appearance in Birmingham.
“I think that when you talk about Jamell, you still need to say that he has huge potential, because he can get better,” said Rob.
“But I know that Jamell doesn’t want to be seen as a guy that is potentially a good player – he wants to be a good player. If you look at the last ten games of the season last year, I think that he already made the move into becoming one of our good players.
“In the final, he played 20-plus minutes and so far this year, he has been great. Against Sheffield, when I looked back at the tape, for me – he was one of the best players when you look at the number of minutes he played.
‘His athleticism and the match-up problems that he can cause at both ends of the floor are things that we will utilise.’
“His athleticism and the match-up problems that he can cause at both ends of the floor are things that we will utilise.”
Despite Anderson’s presence within the team and on the court, Coach Rob was eager to emphasise that its Jamell’s attitude off the floor that make him a great all-round team player.
“I think the thing that goes unnoticed is just what a solid kid he is,” the Conneticut-born play-caller states.
“We’ve had a lot of good ones here, but he is definitely one of the guys that you look at and can say ‘he gets it’ and he is definitely a guy that we think will continue to develop.”