SHEFFIELD Sharks have brought in American point-guard BJ Holmes to replace the departing Gage Daye.
The club moved quickly to secure the services of the speedy Holmes, who has Division One experience of American college basketball with Texas A & M.
The Star understands that Sharks coach Atiba Lyons also considered BJ Jenkins, who nearly joined Sheffield last season, before opting for Holmes.
If there are no problems with Holmes’ playing registration documents then he’ll be available for action tonight against Leicester Riders in the first leg of the BBL Cup semi-final (7.30pm).
Sharks management decided a change to their playing personnel was needed after the club slumped to second from bottom in the BBL Championship with just two wins from their eight league matches.
However, it now means that out of the three American players that Lyons signed during the summer only shooting guard Micah Williams remains - Nashid Beard was cut from the roster without even playing a competitive match.
Holmes, who only arrived in Sheffield yesterday evening, has had spells with KS Lodz in Poland and Lapua Korikobrat in Finland.
He will now try and build a guard partnership with Williams as the Sharks desperately search for a winning formula to ensure they don’t miss the Play-offs for the first time in the club’s illustrious history. First though they have to contend with a in-form Leicester team that is a challenger to end Newcastle Eagles’ dominance of the British game.
Meanwhile three Sharks players will definitely be at the BBL Cup final regardless of whether they get past Leicester or not.
Colin Sing, Mike Tuck and Zach Gachette have all been picked in an England Select squad for a match against an Ireland Superleague side on the final’s day next January.