SHEFFIELD Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons has praised the progress of summer signings Colin Sing and Zach Gachette.
The duo were the least heralded of the influx of new blood that Lyons brought to the club during the off season.
But they have already proven their value in the depth and quality they add from the bench when Lyons needs to rest some of his starting five or give his offence a different look. Both Sing and Gachette are British born players and have been involved in the Great Britain set-up at various levels. Although talented individually, they were unable to prevent previous club Essex Pirates from having a nightmare season last year that saw the Southend-based club win just one league match.
However, now surrounded by experienced players such as Nate Reinking and Olu Babalola the pair are flourishing during Sharks’ unbeaten start.
Lyons said: “I’ve been really pleased with them. They both have a good basketball IQ and they’re clearly benefiting from playing and working alongside better players every day.
“I’m very happy with their progress so far and I think there’s lots more to come.”
Liverpool-born small forward Sing, aged 22, has given Lyons an option with his three-point shooting while point-guard Gachette, aged 21, has been a big boost for Lyons at one of the most crucial positions.
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