Manchester Giants have added North-West basketball stalwart Phil Kelly-Brandreth to their roster for the 2019-20 British Basketball League (BBL) season.
The 6’2″ 34 year-old is a veteran of seven BBL campaigns, all with local rivals Cheshire Phoenix (or Jets pre-2012). In the 2012-13 season he posted 5 points and 3 rebounds per game in 19 minutes of action per outing, starting 10 games for Cheshire that year and shooting 41% from three-point range.
His BBL career was wrapped around four years of NCAA Division 3 college basketball at Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2007. More recently, he has been playing for the University of Chester as an alumnus in their National League Division 3 side that proved to be incredibly successful in 2018-19. They won D3 North with a 19-3 record, and lifted the National Shield in February as Kelly-Brandreth turned in an MVP-winning performance with 23 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Head Coach Danny Byrne commented:
“Phil is going to give us some great minutes off the bench this season, and just adds to what is among the most experienced teams in the BBL. He’s a tough competitor and a lights out shooter, which is exactly what we need to come on and give us a spark in games. “As soon as we found out that Phil was looking for another shot at the BBL, we got the deal done pretty much the same day!”
Phil Kelly-Brandreth commented:
“I have known Danny previously from playing against him at former clubs, and I like what he is building at Giants. Everything just fell into place, as I have recently started working for Basketball England in Manchester too. Personally, I just really missed playing in the BBL.
My expectation for the season is to come in and work hard every session and earn a rotation spot. In terms of team goals, the main goal is to secure a play-off spot and compete week in and week out. Some silverware would be nice also!
On paper the team looks really strong, so it’s a great start and hopefully we start the season well.”