Sheffield Sharks coach Atiba Lyons has heaped praise on new addition Jerrold Brooks ahead of Saturday’s trip to unbeaten Leicester Riders.
Point guard Brooks has made a superb start to life with the Sharks, quickly establishing himself as one of the best offensive players in the league.
The 24-year-old is currently ranked second in scoring, assists and free throw percentage, leaving coach Lyons understandably impressed.
“Jerrold is just a dynamic player,” Lyons said. “He’s a scored but as well he’s a great passer. He’s made some great plays and getting some assists.
“It’s been a while since we’ve had a point guard, and I think the first I’ve had, who can score the ball as well as he can.
“I just hope he keeps getting stronger and more consistent. He’s young. He just has to keep maturing as a player.”
The Sharks will need Brooks’ offence against the Riders who have shut down every team they have faced this season, conceding a mere 61 points per game on average.
At the heart of the defence is star man TrayVonn Wright, a block machine who has been a force in the BBL this season, as the Sharks have already discovered on two occasions.
Physical defence against the likes of Wright is something Lyons prides himself on but also as aspect of the game he knows his side must improve.
He said: “The most physical team usually wins the game so it’s about physicality, rebounding and defence.
“That’s why it’s an anomaly that my team is doing so poor defensively because historically I think I’m a pretty good defence coach.
Lyons will be hoping his side can exact revenge against the Riders.
Saturday’s trip to Leicester be the third meeting between the two clubs this season and comes just a week after a devastating last minute loss for the Sharks in their BBL Cup clash with the Riders.
The Sharks are smarting after back-to-back away defeats against Leicester and table-topping Newcastle Eagles and will be keen to build some momentum heading into a stretch of winnable games as they look to climb the table.
Tip-off on Saturday is set for 7.30pm.