Basketball: Sheffield Sharks unveil new line-up

The Sheffield Sharks squad for the new season including the Junior Sharks

The Sheffield Sharks squad for the new season including the Junior Sharks

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The Sheffield Sharks have unveiled their new-look squad for the 2015/16 British Basketball League season at a special event.

The team was revealed at the Thorncliffe Park headquarters of the Shark’s main supporter – Sheffield-based health care company B. Braun Medical Ltd.

Sharks Head Coach Atiba Lyons revealed the new-look squad including American signing 6'10" Reggis Onwukamuche, alongside returning players such as Mike Tuck, Patrick Horstmann, Mike Cook and Colin Sing.

B. Braun hosted the Sharks launch event in its state-of-the-art business and communication centre.

Joining the team will be three development players, Eddy and George Brownell and Marko Backovic, from the junior sharks development programme.

Head Coach Atiba Lyons commented: “George has worked very hard in training and we have seen some of what he can do on the court but up until now he has had limited opportunities. But now we have a squad that can support more time for George to execute his game and we are looking forward to seeing that this season”.

For Marko and Eddy this will be a key season as they will be looking to increase time on the court in support of their development.

Atiba Lyons continued “These two guys are young with great potential and already make a positive impact in practise; again I want to see their game consolidate so that they can support the team off the bench with increasing confidence”.

Sharks players including Patrick Horstmann are also involved in the B. Healthy - B. Braun initiative, which encourages local youngsters to live healthier and more active lifestyles.

The scheme uses basketball stars to deliver the B. Healthy - B. Braun Half Time Cup, which provides participating school teams the opportunity to present their athletic skills at the half time break of a Sheffield Sharks game at the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield (EIS).

The first chance to see the Sharks new team will be the opening home game against the Newcastle Eagles on Friday18 September at EIS.

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