Manchester Giants have swooped to add 6’1” guard Jack Hudson and 6’7” forward David Ulph, both 26 years-old, to their squad ahead of the BBL Championship season, signing both from Liverpool Basketball Club.
In National Basketball League Division 1 this season, Hudson has been averaging 13 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals per game; with Ulph posting 18 points and 12 rebounds per outing, shooting 59% from the field. Both players have been stalwarts of North-West basketball for a number of years, whom Giants will be looking to build around for the future.
Prior to Liverpool, both played for Lancashire Spinners in 2016-17 in NBL1, when Hudson averaged 14 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals per game; with Ulph at 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists. And both have BBL experience, having featured for Mersey Tigers in 2012-13 as teenagers. In that campaign, Hudson featured in 30 games, including 11 starts, averaging 2.5 points and 1.5 assists per game, a season high seven points against Giants and a season-high five assists on three occasions, including against North West rivals Cheshire. Ulph played just once, scoring five points with three rebounds in 12 minutes against Surrey.
Coach Danny Byrne: “I’ve wanted Jack and David here ever since I took on the job, but we’ve never had the space in the budget to get it done. With everything that has happened this season, when budget became available we made the decision to get this done now as we start to build for the future of the team. They are the top talents in the North West who are not currently in the BBL.”
“They both fit our ethos and I’m looking forward to getting them settled and seeing what they can do in the BBL. Jack is a hard-nosed point guard who does it all, and will be focused on running our offence and facilitating for his teammates. David is a classic big who rebounds ferociously at both ends and finishes at a high percentage, which is exactly what we look for and have been missing so far this season. Both have been remarkably consistent across different teams and levels in recent years, which I think bodes well.”