Leicester Riders have signed Italian-American guard Tyler Bernardini ahead of the 2014-15 BBL season
The 6 foot 6 inch Californian averaged nearly 13 points a game at University, whilst shooting 41% from the three point line in his senior year. Bernadini will fill an EU slot for the Riders because he is entitled to an Italian passport.
Bernardini is a graduate of the prestigious Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and will continue his education within the Loughborough School of Business and Economics following a partnership with the school. Tyler will study for a MSc in International Management alongside his playing duties with the BBL team.
On court, Bernardini started for 4 years accumulating numerous honours and records. In his senior year led his team to a 20 plus win season. He also had a brief spell with Cantu in Serie A of the Italian League.
Bernadini college honours included top 10 all-time in scoring, 3 points shots made and steals at the University of Pennsylvania, and he was Ivy League Rookie of the Year and in the All Ivy League team in the 2008 season.
Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro said,
“Tyler had a great career at the University – he was a standout performer from the start of his career to the end.”
“He can shoot the ball very well from the perimeter, but can also make plays from many places on the floor.”
“He has good size and his versatility which allows him to play multiple positions, and we feel will fit in very well with the roster we have assembled.”
“After speaking with him at length, we were very impressed with his enthusiasm and intelligence and are looking forward to working with him this season.”
“I am extremely excited to be continuing my basketball career with Leicester. I have never felt better physically, so for me, these next few years will be some of the best basketball I hope to play.”
“I cannot wait to contribute to the tradition and success of the club.”
“My fiancée and I are very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the community of Leicester and look forward to growing the profile of Riders basketball.”