Manchester Giants have made a late swoop for 6’5” British forward Benson Arogbo, who joins from NBL Division 1 side Derby Trailblazers.

The 26-year-old forward played 20 minutes per game for Derby last season, as they finished fifth in the second tier. In 22 outings the defensive specialist and all-rounder averaged 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal per game.

Of particular note, Arogbo had a standout performance as Derby beat the Play-off finalists, and second-placed Worthing Thunder 91-89 in December. He shot 7-10 from the field for 15 points, to go with 3 assists and 2 rebounds against a team that included former BBL MVP Zaire Taylor alongside another BBL great Alex Owumi. He also had 18 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds, again shooting 7-10, as Trailblazers narrowly fell to Hemel Storm in January.

Prior to returning to Derby – where he had been as a young player including a season in Division 1 as a 19-year-old – he spent five years in the US at college. He graduated in 2018 from the Maine-Fort Kent Bengals of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), where across his junior and senior years he averaged 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal per game.

He was a team captain in his senior season as the Bengals finished third in the USCAA standings with a 23-9 record, and went all the way to the semi-finals of the USCAA Tournament. He had two points (from just two shots) and nine rebounds, playing 29 minutes in their quarter-final win.

Head Coach Danny Byrne said,

“I am pleased that Giants are the club to give Benson his first opportunity to compete at the BBL level. He is an excellent athlete, a consistent player, the kind who does anything that his team requires of him at any time; and I think he goes under the radar because he doesn’t need to stuff the stat sheet to have an effect on the game.

“This season we want to play with intensity, with speed in transition and versatility, and Benson is a player who can do all of that. There are good minutes available for him this season, and he knows it’s all down to how he performs when his opportunities come.”

Benson Arogbo said,

“It’s a big step from D1 to the BBL with the Giants. I’m looking forward to the challenge and solidifying my place here in this league. I am bringing versatility on defence and a ton of energy, and my aim this year is for us to get some postseason play.”