Manchester Giants have completed the signing of multiple-time BBL champion and England international Jamell Anderson from the league-winning Leicester Riders, ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Coming fresh from a BBL Championship winning campaign in which he played all 30 games, averaging six points and two rebounds per outing while being elected to the Molten BBL All-Defensive Team of the Year, the 6’7″ 30-year-old forward brings strong credentials to Manchester. In addition to his defensive prowess, Anderson has had two campaigns in double-figure scoring and is a career 36% three-point shooter.
In all, he has won every piece of silverware including three BBL Championships, the BBL Play-offs and BBL Cup on two occasions each, and one BBL Trophy. He has been among the players who ushered in the recent period of success for Leicester, as he scored 15 points in the 2013 BBL Cup Final that brought their first trophy in 12 years, spending eight seasons with the club in total.
“The city has such a strong basketball culture and I look forward to being part of that,” said Anderson. “It’s a huge time in my life and I’m very excited about what’s to come.
“Manchester is the home of my wife Georgia [Jones] and I’m very honoured to have the opportunity to represent the Giants in what’s now my home town.”
Giants owner Jamie Edwards believes this a key signing not just for the new campaign but for the future of the club.
“This is the type of experienced professional we want to bring to the club,” said Edwards. “His defensive abilities and his approach to the game are what stand out. He told me he feels 25.
“When you come from the League Champions you are bringing qualities you see on the floor but the intangibles that people around the league have admired in him for as a person are what really got my attention.”
Anderson’s’ BBL career already spans over a decade, having played 431 games in all domestic competitions, while he also competed in the Basketball Champions League and FIBA Europe Cup with Riders in 2018-19.
Anderson has taken success with him wherever he has gone, playing in Spain where he finished second in LEB Silver and reached a Cup Final; and in Australia, where he helped the team to win the QBL Championship for the first time in nearly two decades.
He also most notably played for England in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, while also having been selected to Great Britain squads in recent years.