The Knights have rounded out their BUCS squad ahead of the season opener by signing versatile wing player Corey Doran, formerly of Eastern Nazarene College. Corey established a reputation as a highly efficient player last season as he averaged 16.5 points, shooting 60.9% from the field. He was also a strong presence on the boards, notching 5.9 rebounds per game.
Corey comes highly recommended by former graduate Irving Eggleston Jr, now an assistant coach at his alma mater Nichols College.
BUCS games start this Wednesday as Team Newcastle take on local rivals Northumbria University, an 8.15 tip at Sport Central.
After multiple stints with Tees Valley Mohawks in NBL Divisions 1 and 2, 6'0" guard David Hanson has signed for Team Newcastle ahead of the upcoming season. He is proven at this level as a very dangerous offensive player as well as a tenacious defender.
He also has experience in the NCAA, most recently in 2015/16 with Salve Regina in Division III, where he averaged 10.3 points over 25 games (18 starts).
We look forward to seeing first-hand what he can do this season in the NBL.
Fresh off his debut in FIBA competition at the U18 European Championships, Tosan Evbuomwan has signed for the 2018-19 NBL season. The 6'6" guard/ forward also currently plays for Newcastle Eagles' Academy side in the EABL.
Playing up an age group, he averaged 4.8 points and 4.0 rebounds for Great Britain over 6 games, showing his ability to compete with some of the best young players in Europe.
Head Coach Ian Hewitt knows Tosan well, having coached him previously as part of the North East U15 setup, where he was also selected for the England U15 squad despite having no National League experience at that point.
The exciting prospect will be looking to make an instant impact in NBL Division 1 this season.
A second signing made their debut against Manchester Giants in preseason and also impressed - Terell Gandy, a guard formerly of Kansas Wesleyan University .
In his final season, he averaged 10.3 points per game while shooting 45% from the field. He was also voted conference Defensive Player of the Year, showing his talents on that end by routinely holding the best player on the opposing team to well below their season scoring average.
Terell comes highly recommended by former Knight Charlie Wallrapp, who is now an assistant coach at KWU after graduating from Newcastle in 2016. He will compete in the BUCS premier while studying an MSc in International Business Management.