Rookie Tyrell Johnson is Coach James’ fourth signing and eighth addition for the 19/20 season, he will begin his professional career in Plymouth after graduating from Appalachian State University.
Standing at 6’8 Tyrell had an impressive senior year at App State with 9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, finishing with a shooting percentage of 48.4% from the field. The American forward had a season high 20 points against Howard in April 2018 also picking up 8 rebounds and shooting 8 from 12 from the field in the game. Across the season his defensive effort also showed with 28 blocks,11 steals and 91 defensive rebounds in 31 games.
Tyrell will join Raiders from his hometown in Atlanta, Georgia and will pull on the green jersey for the 19/20 season, ahead of the start of his professional career Tyrell said: “I am excited about being a part of the Plymouth Raiders Team.
“After speaking with Coach Paul James, it brought even more excitement for the upcoming season.
“It is a great opportunity to showcase my talent on the basketball court at a professional level.
“I look forward to continuing to improve upon Coach James resume with another successful season.”
Since his time with Raiders, Coach James has given opportunities to a series of rookies, trusting in their talents and allowing them to perform on a big stage. With Tyrell the first rookie to join the ranks this season he said: “I’m pleased with the signing of Tyrell Johnson for the coming season.
“He is a talented player who has great athletic ability and can score in many different ways as well as rebound the ball efficiently.
“I’m excited about seeing Tyrell play in multiple positions for us at both ends of the court.
“I think his game is very well suited to the BBL and I’m looking forward to him joining up with the rest of the team and getting down to the business of starting his pro career.”