Nigerian born, 6’4” Forward, Semi Eboigbe, who also has British dual nationality, brings a wealth of experience to the Dragons’ Den, sporting a resume which includes, amongst others, Westfalen Munstangs (Germany), Lemvig BK (Denmark), Haga Haninge (Sweden), Stockholm Basketball (Sweden) and Mersey Tigers of the British Basketball League.
“I’m looking forward to working with the coach and the team,” stated Eboigbe. “I like the coaches hunger for the game, he’s a workaholic! His desire to win is what I’m looking for. I need to be pushed and I believe that Coach Chris (Mellor) will push this team to success. The management team are all very approachable, down to earth people, so again I’m looking forward to working with them. My teammates have welcomed and encouraged me from day one, so really I couldn’t hope for more. Both on and off the court the lads in this team are a ‘unit’. I haven’t played in England since 2013, but I’m happy to be back and hope to be winning trophies with this team. Personally, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now but Bradford Dragons – BRING ON THE SEASON!”
Coach Mellor, who is widely respected as one of the top coaches in the British game, added “Semi brings some experience and toughness and he does a lot of things that don’t necessarily show on the stats sheet sometimes but make a team function effectively. He understands the game and it’s a good signing for us.”
Mellor remarked, “Rob proved with his performances whilst playing for Tees Valley that he can compete at this level and he’s a guy who should be able to contribute at both ends of the floor for us. He has competition for minutes at his position but I think he’s tough and will look forward to the challenge.”
Both players lined up with the rest of the Dragon’s team, as they faced an American Select team in an Exhibition game at Bradford University on Tuesday evening. Despite the Dragons getting off to a great start the US side, who played a full court press throughout, took the plaudits with a 68-97 points victory over their hosts. In-keeping with the occasion it was Bradford’s own Americans that led their scoring, Ricky Fetske sinking 14 points and Marcus Gooding with 13 points.
Following the game, Mellor said, “Obviously the scoreline was very disappointing. They hit fifteen threes and we didn’t do a good job handling their physicality. But, it was a useful exercise in terms of everyone getting minutes, getting in game shape and working on some things we want to implement at both ends of the floor.”
The Dragon’s start their season with a home National Trophy fixture against last season’s quadruple winners, Manchester Magic, at the Dragons Den (Bradford College Sports Hall, Trinity Road) on Saturday 17th September. Tip-off is at 6:15 pm and tickets can be purchased in advance from TryBooking (Online discounts apply).
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