Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have added American forward Anthony Simpson to their squad for the 2010/11 season.
The 23-year-old joins the team from Kent State University, where he played under Coach Geno Ford – the former Riders’ point guard.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to work with Anthony,” Paternostro said. “He has a lot of qualities that I look for in a player. He is very athletic and has the ability to make plays from all over the court. I think the BBL will be a great place to start his professional career.
“Geno was a big help, he is familiar with our organisation and after speaking with him, both he and I believed that this would be a good fit for Anthony and the Riders.”
Last season Simpson averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds a game whilst also making 52% of his shot attempts and leading the team in dunks. He helped the Golden Flashes to the regular season title last season and earned himself Mid-American Conference ‘Sixth-man’ of the Year award.
“One of the things that impressed me about Anthony is how unselfish he is. In college he was committed to winning and was willing to fill whatever role he needed to in order for his team to be successful.”
“He comes from a very good NCAA Division 1 programme who won the regular season title in a tough MAC conference. I think he has a ton of potential for his professional career and I’m looking forward to working with him this season.”