Team GB International and Olympian Andrew Lawrence has signed with Plymouth Raiders in a major signal of intent from the Devon club.
Lawrence, who needs little introduction to UK basketball fans, has enjoyed a glittering career across European basketball at the highest levels in France, Spain and Italy.
The 30-year-old guard joins Raiders after a spell last season in London and joins a Raiders team looking to make a big impact in the 2020-21 season.
This news is expected to excite the city’s basketball fans, who on his last visit against Plymouth in December 2019 led his team to a 98-90 victory at the Pavilions. However this coming season, fans will be able to cheer on Lawrence in the famous Raiders green.
Lawrence will also once again team up with friend and former team mate, Will Neighbour.
“I am really looking forward to the opportunity of playing for a club with such a rich history and becoming a Raider,” said Lawrence. “This is an exciting time for the franchise. I’m glad to be a part of it and will hopefully help bring silverware to the city.”
Raiders Director Ross Mackenzie added, “Andrew is a real statement signing for us and we are absolutely delighted to be able to bring his talents to Plymouth, beating off competition from across the Continent.
“As a European player of the highest calibre, he is coming here to win, elevate his team mates and help us challenge going forward. Expectations are higher than ever.”
Head Coach Paul James said Lawrence’s signing demonstrates Plymouth’s intentions for the 2020-21 season.
“It’s great to have GB international Andrew Lawrence sign for the Raiders which demonstrates our intention as a club of wanting to be one of the top teams in the country,” said James.
“Andrew has all the qualities and ability we are looking for in a player as we rebuild the Raiders. Andrew has played at a high level throughout his career and has wealth of experience. We’re very much looking forward to working with him.”