Leicester Riders are thrilled to welcome the arrival of Duke Shelton to their 2023/24 roster.
The American big brings a wealth of experience to Leicester, having played eight seasons of professional basketball across Europe.
Shelton played two seasons for the Newcastle Eagles in the British Basketball League. The 6’10” forward averaged a double-double in ten games for the Eagles in the 2021/22 season, logging 14.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
The 28-year-old’s European experience has seen him compete in Israel, Finland and Slovakia, and now he brings his talents to the East Midlands.
Shelton’s eligibility means he does not require a certificate of sponsorship since he already possesses a right to work in the UK.
“It feels good to sign with the team,” commented Shelton.
“It’s a blessing really to be a part of such an established club. I’m excited and anxious all in one to get started! I know it’s the right decision, and I couldn’t be happier about it.”
“We’re excited to have Duke sign with the team,” added Head Coach Rob Paternostro.
“We were looking for more depth up front and someone that plays energy, quickness and athleticism. He brings all of those things.
“We were already familiar with him following his time in Newcastle, and we think his skill set can be a good addition to our roster.”
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