Dirk Williams has been the second big-name signing for Manchester Giant this week as new coach Vince Macaulay continues his recruitment ahead of the 2022-23 season.
Joining from BBL rivals London Lions, Williams has been a star throughout his four-year BBL career. He finished in the top ten in scoring last year with an average of 16.5 points per game, scoring 2.8 triples on 42.6 percent shooting.
The previous season had seen Williams battle with his new Giants’ back-court partner, Rahmon Fletcher, for the BBL scoring title, finishing second with 18.3ppg and converting almost 40 percent of his three-point efforts.
Macaulay is clearly excited about coaching Williams again: “Dirk is the most lethal scorer in the BBL” he enthused, “I have loved working with him the past two seasons”.
“I see this as a real coup for us in Manchester, his athleticism, his work ethic is perfect for us and the way I like to play – I know he’s a real crowd pleaser so our fans have a lot to look forward to”.
The 6’5” Alabama native had two years with the Sheffield Sharks before moving to Hungary for the 2019/20 campaign where he averaged 17 points a game on career shooting at, 51% from the floor and a smooth 47% from behind the three-point arc with Zalakeramia ZTE KK,
He broke the internet in January 2018 with his Dunk of the Year, that saw him go full court, between the legs, before leaping over a Surrey Scorchers defender to slam home.
The clip went viral earning over one million views combined on social media and profile from media all over the world including ESPN Sportscenter, BBC Sport, Bleacher Report, and others.
Dirk Williams had this to say about the move and his reunion with Vince Macaulay: “I am looking forward to getting the season started with the Manchester Giants and happy to play for coach Vince again”.
“Overall, I’m excited to help grow the sport of Basketball in the beautiful city of Manchester”.
Further player news is expected imminently whilst tickets and further details around our games will come out nearer the season start.
Photo: Mansoor Ahmed