The Plymouth Raiders continue to focus on longer term stability with the re-capture of Australian point guard, and fan favourite, Josh Wilcher on a two-year contract.
Wilcher played 56 games for the Raiders between 2014-2016, averaging nearly 14 points per game and leading the league in assists with 6.5, and was crowned the Plymouth Herald Player of the Year in his final season.
Can't Wait 😁🏀💪 pic.twitter.com/xusqnIuJrW
— Josh Wilcher (@JoshWilcher) July 4, 2018
Following his departure, Wilcher had a short stint with BBL rivals, Cheshire Phoenix before injury halted his season, however he bounced back that summer having returned to Australia’s QBL, where he was instrumental in leading the Townsville Heat to the State Championship title, winning MVP in the Finals.
Following an emphatic season down under, Wilcher joined SC Itzehoe Eagles in Germany’s Pro B last season, where again he continued to impress, averaging 18.8 points and 5.25 assists in 24 games.
Wilcher is currently plying his trade for a second season with the Townsville Heat, averaging 17 points per game to keep the Heat in front of the trailing pack at the top of the league.
Talking of his return, he said, “I’m beyond excited to be at Plymouth Raider once again. To be back in Green and playing in front of the Raiders’ fans again is going to be a great feeling.
“To get the chance to play for a Coach such as Paul James is a fantastic opportunity. Having played against him for numerous years it’s good to finally be on the same side. I couldn’t be happier being a part of the Raiders future going forward.”
Coach James added” “I’m delighted that we have secured the services of Josh Wilcher for the coming 2018/19 season and beyond. Josh is a player that I have followed for many years, but have always just missed out on the opportunity to sign.
“Having seen Josh play in the BBL before, I know he is a top quality point guard with a very high basketball IQ. There is no doubt in my mind that he will run the team very well and make everybody around him better.
“He is a tough competitor and will prove to be one of the best point guards in the league this season.
“Josh is coming to us off the back of a very productive season in Pro-B Germany, and the experience he gained playing for SC Itzehoe Eagles is going to mean that on the court the Raiders will be in good hands.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting up with Josh and getting started.”