Basketball: Sharks edge near to Simmons deal

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Sheffield Sharks are closing in on completing their roster for the forthcoming British Basketball League season.

The Star understands that American shooting guard Jeremie Simmons is likely to be unveiled by the club to become their first permit signing of the summer.

If confirmed Simmons will arrive in the city with an impressive pedigree.

A former Ohio State college student, the 6’2” 25-year-old played in the top flight of university basketball in America before joining German league side BSW Sixers last season.

He enjoyed a successful year in Germany averaging 19 points and shooting better than 40 per cent from beyond the three-point line.

The Sharks are allowed three work-permit signings from beyond the European Union.

In past seasons the club has kept open one of the slots to see whether they need a guard or forward to strengthen their line up.

Sharks have already announced the signings of captain Mike Tuck, point guards Nick Lewis and Brian Barbour and forward Patrick Horstmann.

Olu Babalola’s deal is expected to be completed over the next few days and young squad players Colin Sing, Zach Gachette and George Brownlee will all return.

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