Orlan signs up for the Big Cats

Leopards’ hopes of avoiding relegation have been given a massive boost with the signing of England international Orlan Jackman.
The guard/forward joins from (apparently) defunct BBL side London City Royals and will make his debut in Saturday’s home game against Westminster Warriors at Oaklands College – tip-off 5.45pm.
The 31-year-old arrives at Oaklands with a wealth of BBL and international experience, and will be a vital addition for coach Thomas Baker’s side.
The Londoner spent five years at college in the States, spending the 2007-2008 season with Carlsbad, CA/Army-Navy Academy before two year spells at Seminole State and Oklahoma City University. Following his graduation he joined London Lions where he was a starter for the 2012/13 season before two years as a starter at NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos in Germany and a brief rime at CAB Madeira.
He returned to England in December 2015 when he signed for Worcester Wolves and then stayed in the BBL for the 2016/17 season with a year at Newcastle Eagles.
A season at Cheshire Phoenix was followed by a return to the capital when he joined the newly-formed Royals. The London side’s debut season saw Jackman average 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and as many steals as Royals won the BBL Trophy and reached the play-off final. This season saw him continue in Royals’ starting five, and he average an impressive 13.9 points, 8.1 rebound, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals before their somewhat predictable closure.
Jackman also played for England at junior level and was a key part of the senior 2018 Commonwealth Games squad.
Coach Thomas Baker is delighted to have signed Jackman: “The sad part of this signing is it comes from a club within our community no longer functioning which is never nice to see, as a fan of this sport first and foremost it is unthinkable the impact that this has on players, coaching staff and all that was involved in Royals.
“Having said that when the chance arose to sign Orlan it was pivotal to our vision and aspirations to add someone of his size, quality and experience to our roster. From the early conversations I’ve had, it is clear that Orlan adds a different dimension that we have not had this year, in his leadership qualities and his performances speak volumes is how effective he has been at the BBL level.
“The signing has already lifted the spirits within the club and it gives us a great chance to change our fortunes. I am excited to get to work with him starting this weekend.”
Jackman is looking to make his stay with the Big Cats a long one: “Speaking with Coach Baker it is clear on his vision for Leopards and I believe that I can have a massive impact on the organisation not just for this season but moving forward” he said.
“The conversations with coach have been exciting and I look forward to stepping out on court with my new teammates and giving the fans something to cheer about.”