Manchester Giants have moved quickly to add experienced 6’8″ American forward Justin Satchell, in a push for the Play-offs over the second half of the BBL Championship campaign.

The Florida native joins from Argentinian powerhouse San Lorenzo de Almagra, a team who have won the Argentinian top division in three of the last five years and twice won the Basketball Champions League Americas in the last three years. Satchell featured in six games – including one in the Champions League – prior to departing Argentina when their league was suspended before Christmas. That included a 10 point and 10 rebound double-double in just 22 minutes against Atletico Argentino de Junin, hitting 2-3 triples and adding 3 assists.

In two prior seasons in South America, he averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists for Libertadores de Queretaro in Mexico – as the ninth leading scorer in the league – and almost identical numbers for Leones de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, where he was the league’s fourth leading scorer and sixth leading rebounder, while being named Rookie of the Year and Player of the Week three times.

Satchell’s professional career began in Spain, leading Mondragon in scoring as a rookie in 2017, with 16 points per game. Prior to that he graduated from Saint Leo University in one of NCAA D2’s strongest conferences, there averaging 16 points and 7 rebounds, while shooting the three-ball at 45% and being named to the Sunshine State Conference Newcomer Team. He also had a season in NCAA D1 at Niagara University, starting 14 games and putting up 7 points per outing for the Purple Eagles.

In total, across seven seasons in college and professionally, Satchell has scored 1,954 points and is 36% from beyond the three-point line on more than 600 career attempts, providing Giants with another outside-inside scoring threat in the forward position.

Head Coach Danny Byrne commented, “We have had to move very quickly to get this done, so credit to everyone involved at the club and to Justin and his agent. We have known about him since he came out of college, which helped, and in the meantime he has done a great job of working his way up through the pro ranks in various countries, most recently featuring in the Basketball Champions League Americas.

“He’s 6’8” and has proven his range over his career with a three-point shot that must be respected, which is important for us to space the floor and also to get the most out of the other threats we have. He’s been a go-to scorer for teams in the past and also welcomes physicality, so we think he fits our team well.

“We felt that at this stage in the season he was the guy with the experience and playing style who could come in and fill the gap we have from day one.

“The fact that we have managed to bring in a player who just a few months ago was playing in an overtime Basketball Champions League Americas semi-final is testament to the direction that our club is heading in.”