Talisman Callum Jones will return to Manchester Giants for the 2019-20 British Basketball League (BBL) season, for what will be the 33 year-old’s eighth straight campaign with the club.
Jones has made 224 appearances for Giants in all competitions, having joined when his hometown team returned to the BBL in 2012.
In those games he has scored a total of 2,670 points and handed out 956 assists – seeing him in the top 20 all-time in the BBL – and joins his brother, James, in their fourth season playing together for the club.
The 2018-19 campaign was Giants’ most successful since returning to the BBL, winning a total of 19 games and reaching the semi-finals of both the BBL Cup and the BBL Trophy. Jones averaged 12 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals per game, while shooting 55% from the field, which was his best in five years. He featured in all 41 matches, including playing all 50 minutes as Giants came through double overtime to beat Worcester Wolves.
The proud Mancunian has also represented England, most recently in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
“I extended my contract because I am proud to represent my home town at any opportunity,” said Jones. “There has been another strong team put together and I want to contribute as much as I can to the team’s success.
“I feel that last year was good progress, but I am ready for the challenge of bettering it this season. Making the Play-offs has to be our most basic goal, but obviously pushing on to win as much as possible is my mentality, and I’m sure that’s the same for all my teammates. I am looking forward to getting going again.”
Head Coach Danny Byrne added, “Callum has been with Giants from the outset and we’re so pleased that he will continue as we move forward as a club. Cal is one of the most consistent and efficient players in the BBL, and it’s testament to his quality that he maintains that level of production year after year, despite the fact that he’s so well-known and scouted across the league.
“We felt like he started last season playing the best basketball of his entire career, with a move to a more natural position as a combo guard.
“Like the other returners, Ingus and James, with whom he has played for many years now, there is definite unfinished business and all are determined to get Giants back into the Play-offs and trophy contention.”