Baker delighted with import additions

Leopards’ coach Thomas Baker is looking to move up the NBL Division One table following the signing of two American players for his team.
KJ Lee made his debut is last Sunday’s National Cup win against Manchester Magic, while forward Asante Sandiford has now been cleared by Basketball England and will make his debut in Saturday’s game against Leicester Warriors at Essex Sports Arena.
“It is great to add KJ and Asante to the team” said Baker. “They add a new dimension to the team and it signifies a new chapter in our season. We have been working tirelessly to get both of these guys in and I am super excited now to get them on the court.
“Over the last month we have been getting to know each other and getting these two familiar with what we run, it is going to be great to see them step out on court for the Leopards. They are great to work with and I believe they can help us push on now and pick up some wins.”
Both players have already teamed for the University of Essex up with the majority of the Big Cats, and Lee was delighted with last Sunday’s win against Magic: “It was great to finally play with my Leopards teammates after having to watch the previous games from the sidelines” he said.
!It felt good to get on the court and get a win with an awesome crowd cheering us on. I believe this group has a ton of talent and the more we play together, the more chemistry we will build. Personally, I not only want to win as many games as possible, but I want to hone my leadership skills both on and off the court.
“Although we won our game last weekend, I believe that we can clean up on a few minor mistakes that will make us that much better. Bright things are ahead!”
After travelling to Amsterdam and back on Wednesday to get his work permit activated, Sandiford can’t wait to get on the court tomorrow: “I am very excited to join my brothers and make my season debut with the Leopards family this weekend.
“It has always been one of my goals to become a professional basketball player and I am very grateful for the Leopards Organization giving me this opportunity! I am looking for to the Leopards community/fans to be there in full force because we love your support. Go Leopards!”