Leicester Riders have signed Italian-American Joe Scott for the upcoming British Basketball League season following a strong season in Austria at Vienna D.C. Timberwolves last year.
The 31-year old Scott averaged 15.3 points per game alongside 2.3 assists with Vienna last season and will be looking to bring shooting and his experience to the roster for the upcoming year.
Scott is pleased to join the Riders organisation for the upcoming season off the back of a great year on the continent.
“It’s a blessing,” said Scott. “I’m thankful to be here, and I’m thankful to know just how much everyone involved is hungry to win. I recognise just how much pride goes into wearing the name on the front of the jersey at Leicester, and I love it.
“The winning culture that the organisation and management, the coaches, the players, and the fans all bring creates such an exciting environment, and I’m so geared up and ready to contribute to it.”
The veteran shooter will add a new dimension to the Riders roster and shares ties with the club through his former teammates. Scott played alongside former Captain Tyler Bernardini in Italy as well as competed in high school alongside former Riders guard Cameron Rundles.
“I actually never played in the UK BBL, but I’ve been keeping tabs on the Riders since 2011, when my long-time friend and former teammate Cameron Rundles first started his professional career at Leicester,” commented Scott.
“I also played in Italy with Tyler Bernardini, and I know how much he bleeds Red and Black. Both of these high-character guys rave about the Riders, and it just gets me more and more excited to join this organisation and strive for greatness along with it.”
Head Coach Rob Paternostro believes Joe’s experience will aid in the success of the team this season.
“We are happy to add Joe to our roster, he is a guard who can really shoot the ball from the perimeter and is a player who competes at a high level with a high basketball IQ.
“I enjoyed watching him play, not only was he talented and can put up big numbers in a hurry, but he consistently plays hard as an aggressive player who plays to win.”
“He had a really good season in Austria last year, and talking to coaches in that league he was well respected in the way he plays. Talking to him you can tell right away that he is hungry to win, and is excited about joining our club.
“It’s always nice to have someone with professional experience who has proven himself at the pro level.”
Be sure to grab your tickets to see Scott in action with the Riders as they begin pre-season against Nassjo Basket on August 30th at the Morningside Arena before then taking on USA Select and then travelling to the Worcester Wolves.
Tickets are available for all pre-season games online now by heading to www.leicesterriders.co.uk/games or call 01162558635.