18th Nov, 2019

Wolves make two more additions

Rob George 30th Aug, 2019

WORCESTER Wolves have unveiled another two new members of the Wolfpack as head coach Matt Newby continues to assemble his roster.

Maarten Bouwknecht will bring some Europe Cup experience to squad while British Basketball All-Stars MVP Jordan Williams has become the latest new face.

Former Dutch international Bouwknecht joins Worcester from Netherlands DBL top tier side SPM Shoeters Den Bosch who also competed in the Euro Cup.

The 6ft 2 guard averaged 6.64 points and 2.95 assists last season and in the 2016/17 season was awarded DBL Most Improved Player and U23 MVP.

“I chose Worcester Wolves because I’m ready for a new challenge. I’ve played in the Netherlands for six years and for me it was time to step out of my comfort zone to get the best out of me,” he said.

“I think this is the perfect place to do so. I’m super excited to get started, from what I’ve seen we have a great fanbase in the Wolf Pack and I would love to please them with my/our way of playing.”

Williams, a 6ft 8in British forward was a standout performer at the 2018 British Basketball All-Stars Championship, helping to lead Surrey Scorchers to the Trophy and being awarded tournament MVP.

Jordan has a wealth of BBL experience from his time with Surrey Scorchers and last season averaged 11 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

“Looking forward to coming in and starting with a fresh team to see what we can achieve, with the talent we have and the Wolf Pack behind us, it will be a great year,” he said.

Newby said he was delighted with the new faces.

“With Maarten we complement our strong perimeter with a player who does not compromise. His work ethic and professionalism are well documented,” he said.

“He has excellent high-level experience from the top tier of Dutch basketball, including Euro Cup appearances and representing the Dutch national team. He is an up-tempo guard with a high order basketball IQ – strong traits which complement the qualities of the perimeter we have recruited.

“He is a hard-nosed defender and does not shirk responsibility at key moments in the game, happy equally to create or finish the offence.”

“Signing Jordan is a move I feel brings strength and versatility to our forward line. He has a strong pedigree and I feel with this opportunity greater responsibility.”

“I feel as a young domestic player he has a accrued a good understanding of the dynamics of BBL and what it takes to be successful. He is dynamic and athletic with the ability to guard multiple positions and we will be looking for high output from the outset.”

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