Latvian 6’3” forward, Sulcs, is Dragons’ longest serving player, now entering his ninth season with the club, thrilling fans with his high-flying antics throughout the clubs rise from the lower divisions and into the National League Division One. Sulcs has a reputation for being both a tough and a fast player, who works hard for the ball and has one of the most highlighted slam dunk finishes in British basketball. Last season proved to one of his most successful yet, a season in which he averaged almost 20 points per game and topped the team score sheet on numerous occasions. Dragons fans will be excited at the prospect of more of the same again this year.
Such is Swaine’s commitment to improving his game that he has spent six weeks of the summer in the United States, visiting several schools and playing at various basketball camps, including New York, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. However, the highlight of his American visit was being ranked third at the nationals in Florida.
Upon his return to the UK Swaine attended the prestigious ‘DENG top 50’ basketball camp, where, by his own admission his playing performance not at his best. However, he still managed to lead the field in the agility speed tests.
This will be Swaine’s final season with the Dragons, having already committed to Northwestern Oklahoma State College, in the United States, for the 2018/19 season, making him the second product of the Bradford Dragons junior programme to make it ‘across the pond.’
“I’m really happy to be a part of the Dragons again this season,” Swaine commented. “We have another great group of guys and another great team. We are definitely looking to build on our successes from last year and hopefully have a great season. Anything can happen with the group of guys and coaches that we have, there will definitely be some surprises!! Personally, I hope I can develop more at the Dragons and I am looking forward to playing another year for Coach Mellor.”
Both Sulcs and Swaine will be in action for the Dragons when they face local rivals, Leeds Force, at the Carnegie Sports Arena, for a preseason fixture, on Sunday 10th September, 2017. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since Leeds transitioned into the British Basketball League in 2014. Previous fixtures between them have always been exciting, passionate events and despite this being a ‘friendly’ it is a game that is sure to get hearts pumping. Tip off at the Carnegie Arena is at 4pm and Bradford fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance via the Dragons website and to take advantage of an exclusive online discount.
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