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Interview: Teddy Allen on signing with the Riders

We sat down with new signing Teddy Allen to talk about his arrival in the British Basketball League.

It was a whirlwind week that saw Allen sign in Leicester. Following talks with Managing Director Russell Levenston, he headed straight to the UK to join the team. 

“On Thursday, Russell called me to ask if I wanted to come and play for the Riders. I hadn’t played since the CEBL in the summer, so I was itching to get out on the court. I was on a flight the next day.”

Allen played alongside former Bristol Flyers Jelani Watson-Gayle for the Winnipeg Sea Bears in the summer.

In Canada, he competed in the League featuring both Kimbal Mackenzie and TJ Lall, the British Basketball League connection helping to inform his decision to sign with the Riders. 

“I knew that Jelani played here. I talked to him about the League, and he had great things to say.”

“It’s cool being able to compete with and against guys in different countries. It should be fun being able to go against them.”

The American joins the team after a historic CEBL season, where his ability was on full display throughout the summer. Allen described his game:

“I’m always attacking the hoop, and I’m versatile on both ends of the floor. I can score the ball, make plays, rebound and compete on both ends. Right now, I’m trying to get my legs under me the best I can and get ready to help the team in any way.”

Don’t miss the debut

You can see Teddy make his Riders debut!

Get tickets to our game against Caledonia Gladiators as Allen makes his first appearance in Riders’ red!