Surrey Scorchers have welcomed back Martelle McLemore for the 2021-22 season.
The 33-year-old returns to the Scorchers following an impactful 2020-21 BBL campaign after taking a seven year break from topflight British Basketball.
Martelle will be re-united with last year’s vets in Caylin Raftopoulos and Dean Wanliss as the core of the team setting the tone for the season.
McLemore wasted no time in displaying his role within the squad taking on defensive assignments and demonstrating his natural ability to score the ball.
Last season, he averaged eight points, three rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes of play.
“I’m excited to be back,” said Martelle. “My first year back was a tough one, I was learning the pace of the BBL again as I had been out for six to seven years.
“The fans at Surrey Sports Park are like a sixth man to the team, when the fans get going it pumps us with adrenaline, so I am looking forward to welcoming the fans back.
“So far with the signings this year I am looking forward to it, I think Coach Creon is getting back into the hardnosed blue collar team with a big emphasis on defence, because we know we can score baskets.”
Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos added, “Martelle struggled to produce a consistent run of good performances offensively but was always solid defensively.
“We have spoken about him keeping out of foul trouble so we have him in the game at crucial times. He’s another veteran that will be super valuable for us this season.”