Plymouth Raiders have added shooting guard Tre Bowman and power forward Stefan Djukic to the roster for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
BBL fans will remember Djukic for the role he played in winning the BBL Trophy and Play-Offs with Worcester Wolves in the 2013-14 season, where not only did the big Serbian add 7 points and 4 rebounds per game, but his hustle, strength and determination were a large factor in the team’s successes.
Head Coach Gavin Love said, “I’m very pleased to have added Stefan to the squad. We’ve lacked strength and size at times this season, and that’s something that Stefan is here to help rectify.
“He’s a pure hustle guy who’s not only going to bring a different dimension to our forward line-up, but also adds experience gathered after six years as a professional across a number of different European leagues.
The 6ft 7in Djukic joins the Raiders after playing the past three seasons in the LPB in Portugal, where last season he averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds per game.
Joining the 29-year old is Tre Bowman, a 26-year-old shooting guard from Pennsylvania. Bowman is a third year professional with an impressive resume that also includes European Cup experience.
The 6ft 5in guard played with Siauliai in the Lithuanian LKL last season, where he averaged 10 points and 3 rebounds per game in domestic league competition, and more impressively, 12 points and 3.5 rebounds in the Euro Cup.
Coach Love added: “Tre is the experienced, athletic shooting guard that we know we’ve lacked this season, and the perfect player to join Neil in the backcourt.”
Sadly, the club are also confirming the departures of Nick Tomsick and Brandon Penn. Due to ongoing injury assessments, the club has made the tough decision to bring in another European forward and as a result of the league rules regarding the number of Bosman players it can have, Raiders are sad to announce they have mutually agreed to part ways with Nick Tomsick.
The club greatly appreciate Nick’s contribution to Raiders and has been a model professional throughout.
Coach Love stressed: “We have been talking to Nick for a number of weeks now, and we know he’s been disappointed at the amount of minutes I’ve been able to give him.
“Nick has been a great professional on and off the court here in Plymouth, and he leaves with our best wishes.”
He added” Brandon Penn has been great, one of our best players so far this season, so to let him go was a very tough choice.
“Unfortunately, taking into account Nick’s departure too, we had to make a really tough decision to part with Brandon to allow the line-up to be tweaked to accommodate both Tre and Stefan.
“I can’t thank Brandon enough for his effort and professionalism, he’s been great to have here and we wish him good luck with his future career.”
Fans will get their first opportunity to see Tre and Stefan in action in tonight’s BBL Trophy clash against Leicester Riders. Tickets are still on sale at the bargain Trophy price of £7 each seat by visiting www.plymouthraiders.com.