Stout may stay with Sharks another year

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The winner of the Sharks re-organisation of their backcourt could be Marcus Stout.

American shooting guard Stout was almost the forgotten man of last season’s guard combination with Steve Dagostino and Ryan Patton.

Despite a successful first season in Sheffield with an average of 17.5 points per match, he was often in the shadow of the three-point threat of Patton and the all-action style of Dagostino.

Sharks have been linked with Murray State graduate BJ Jenkins and an audacious swoop for Great Britain shooting guard Nate Reinking which could lead to both Dagostino and Patton playing elsewhere.

It would leave the Sharks needing a third guard as cover. And while Stout is by no means a role player he would give player-coach Atiba Lyons the flexibility of being able to play both backcourt positions.

Stout also stands 6ft 4in tall, which allows him to move into the small forward berth when necessary. This extra height, Patton and Dagostino are both listed as 5ft 11in, could see him return to the EISS for another year.

Sheffield Sharks have already brought back forwards Olu Babalola and Mike Tuck. Captain Adrian Anderson, who missed much of last season with a finger injury, will also resume his role in the squad.