Bradford Dragons Basketball Club are pleased to announce the signing of 6’4” Spanish forward, Joaquín Calvo.
Calvo, aged 20, is a product of the Gran Canaria Basketball Academy in Spain and following his graduation from the program he opted to further his basketball career in the United Kingdom.
He made an immediate impact at Liverpool Basketball Club, during the 2015/16 season, winning the National Basketball League Division Two play-off final, whilst also being voted the clubs most improved player at their end of season awards.
For the 2016/17 season, Calvo represented Leeds Beckett University first team, in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Northern Premier League, finishing sixth in the regular table and as losing finalists in the end of season play-off championships.
Bradford Dragons renewed local rivalries when they travelled to neighbouring Leeds Force, for the first time since Leeds joined the elite British Basketball League (BBL), three seasons ago, in a pre-season fixture and despite the perceived difference in standards, it was the Bradford side that travelled home with the win.
As is often the case for Basketball teams, at this stage of the pre-season, both sides were below full strength, awaiting the arrival of some of their foreign players. In Bradford’s case, they were without American point guard, Marcus Gooding, who has been awaiting arrival of his visa before travelling to England.
Leeds are themselves in a period of rebuilding, having appointed new Finnish head coach, Mika Turunen, but also having lost some of last season’s star players, such as Clayfell Harris (Manchester Giants) and Rob Marsden (Sheffield Sharks).
Bradford Dragons Basketball club today announced the signing of Oliver Hylands from local rivals Leeds Force.
6’7” British Power Forward, Hylands will start his third spell in the Dragons Den, having previously been at the club for the 2007/08 season and then again in 2012/13. However, the majority of his playing career has been with neighbouring Leeds Force where he featured in the club’s inaugural British Basketball League (BBL) campaign.
He also spent the 2015/16 season at NBL division 3 side, Doncaster Danum Eagles, where he played a senior role in the team, scoring an average of 17.5 points per game and picking up the divisional player of the season award.
Bradford Dragons have today officially announced the return of their two Americans, Ricky Fetske and Marcus Gooding, for the upcoming National Basketball League Division One campaign.
6’8” power forward, Fetske, who hails from New Jersey, will be starting his fourth season for the Dragons, having first arrived for the 2012/13 season. Having then spent some time with both Team Northumbria and Leeds Force, he returned to the Dragons’ Den in November 2015, where he has been a pivotal figure on the Dragons’ roster ever since.
Fetske averaged 17.9 points and 7.9 rebounds last season and picked up both the Players’ player of the Year and the Coach’s Player of the Year awards.