2001 - PLAY OFF CHAMPIONS
PLACE OF BIRTH:
British shooting guard Patrick Whelan signed with the Riders after spending his first three professional seasons with Spanish side Real Murcia. Warrington-born Whelan adds championship experience to Leicester, after winning the Spanish third division to earn Murcia’s promotion in his second season.
Whelan averaged 9.6 points per game in his promotion-winning season, helping Real Murcia to the Spanish second division for the first time in their history. This came off the back of a successful college career, where he became the 15th player in William Jewell’s history to score 1000 points prior to his senior season. In his junior year, Whelan was the second-highest scorer in his conference with 19.2 per game, earning him All-GLVC second team and GLVC All-Defensive team honours.
Patrick is the second in his family to compete in the BBL, following in the footsteps of Jordan Whelan of the Manchester Giants. He is a versatile three-level scorer, and a valuable asset to the Riders roster.