Basketball: BJ homes in on return to the Sharks

BJ Holmes in action for the Sharks last season
BJ Holmes in action for the Sharks last season
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BJ Holmes is close to agreeing a deal that will see him return to the Sharks for the new season.

American point-guard Holmes and the Sharks couldn’t come to terms during the summer and the club ended up bringing in Brian Barbour.

However, Barbour has had his contract mutually cancelled by the Sharks with the player returning to the United States for family reasons.

Holmes was a popular member of the Sharks last season and produced a brilliant performance in the BBL Trophy final to win him the Most Valuable Player award.

And while a deal won’t be completed in time for the Texan to play against Cheshire Phoenix in the BBL season opener tomorrow night at the EIS the Sharks are confident he’ll decide to return.

Holmes, from Houston, would be the final piece in coach Atiba Lyons’ squad after American Da’Quan Cook met his new teammates for the first time last night at training.

Cook arrived in the city yesterday morning after his visa paperwork was finally approved.

Lyons said: “It’ll take Da’Quan a little bit of time to get used to the way we run things but I’ll be using him.

“I’m not one to keep a player out. He’s here now and he’s part of it.”

Sharks have had a good pre-season on the court with victories over National League side Manchester Magic and fellow British Basketball League clubs London Lions and Durham Wildcats.

Lyons said the team has been working hard: “Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been focusing on defence.

“There’s things that I want to nip in the bud at this stage so everyone is clear of what I expect of them.”

Sharks are waiting to see whether Great Britain under 20 point guard Nick Lewis can shake off an arm injury in time to partner new American shooting guard Jeremie Simmons in the back court tomorrow night.

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