Sharks forward Colin Sing is aiming to teach Durham Wildcats another lesson in tomorrow night’s BBL Cup quarter-final tie at the EIS.
Sing is splitting his time between his duties with the Sharks and a work-placement at a Barnsley school as part of his PGCE course at Sheffield Hallam University.
And it’s in his role as a key member of the university’s basketball team that he has sized up the Wildcats for defeat.
The Wildcats squad are all on courses at Durham University so the same team plays in both BBL competitions and British Universities games.
It sees them meet up with a Sheffield Hallam team that is coached by Sharks boss Atiba Lyons and based around Sheffield players Sing, Zach Gachette, Mike Tuck, Nick Lewis and George Brownell.
Sing said: ““We know we can beat Durham. They’re a good team but they’re not deep like us.
“We’ve beaten them for the university side and that’s without some of the other guys in the Sharks squad.
“We’re confident we can make in through to the semis.”
The link between the Sharks and Sheffield Hallam University has provided a useful alliance for both parties.
The Sharks are able to offer scholarships for key players to earn degrees and the university is able to compete at the highest level on the court.
The men’s first team were promoted last season thanks to the play of Sing, Gachette, Lewis and Brownell among others and have been further strengthened by the arrival of skipper Mike Tuck to the world of academics.
Sing said: “We’re doing well again this season. I thought when we were promoted the standard would be much tougher but we’re doing well.”
If Sheffield do beat the Wildcats they would play Newcastle Eagles in the semi-finals of the tournament over two-legs.