Its that time of year again when Britains top basketball sides pull on their jerseys for another season in the BBL. The 2012 season will be its 24th and has seen radical changes since then. The new season looks promising with new sides, new players and all building to an Olympic year. Here Team Colours have given a summary of all the teams and what you need to know…
The Cheshire Jets, formerly Chester Jets, have been a competitive side in recent seasons. The yellow and black basketball jerseys best season was back in 2002 when they took a clean sweep of the trophies, but have been on the fringes ever since.
They begin against Sheffield Sharks on the 30th September and benefit from last seasons MVP Jeremy Bell.
The Durham Wildcats are this seasons exciting new wildcard entry, having graduated from the English Basketball League. back to back wins in the 2009 and 2010 seasons give the white and navy basketball jerseys a great platform for entering the big league, despite last seasons 7th place finish. Coach Dave Elderkin will lead the side in their opening game against the Eagles.
The Glasgow Rocks are Scotland’s flag bearing side, being the only BBL team outside of England. They have yet to win the championship with their closest finish being runners up in 2006. Player/Coach Sterling Davis will be hoping to change this however, starting with the hosting of Newcastle Eagles on the 30th Sept.
The Surrey based Guildford Heat have a relatively short but successful history, winning the league and BBL cup double in 2007. Last year coach Creon Raftopoulos saw his side finish a lowly 11th but the red and white jerseys stand a better chance this season when they begin against the Worchester Wolves.
In our second part tomorrow we will look to top sides such as Mersey Tigers and the Newcastle Eagles, as well as the emerging MK Lions and Leicester Riders. For more information on these and other teams visit the BBL website.