Manchester Giants have added a second exciting new American signing, in the shape of forward David Kadiri.
The 22-year-old follows hot on the heels of countryman Austin Rettig, whose signing was announced earlier this week.
Kadiri, who stands at 6’8”, hails from Maryland and comes to the Giants from the University of Buffalo, where he averaged 4 rebounds, 6 points per game and 63% field goal percentage in 31 appearances last season.
His biggest game saw him post 23 points and 11 rebounds, plus 85% on shooting, against fellow NCAA Division 1 Mid-American Conference contenders Ball State.
Kadiri said: “I am really looking forward to playing for the Giants and am thankful for the opportunity.
“I am a very athletic, high energy player. I can knock down shots as well and defend multiple positions.
“I’ve heard all good things about Manchester and I’m looking forward to getting acclimated to the team, city and the people.”
In his junior college days at South Plains, Kadiri recorded 13 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks in the championship game as his team lost in overtime.
He had previously been named MVP at Coolidge High School during his senior year.
Kadiri also made an NCAA tournament appearance in 2016, after Buffalo won the MAC Championship, playing 10 minutes in the defeat to Miami before coming off with an injury.
Giants CEO, John Dwan, said: “Danny and his team have worked very hard over the summer to recruit the right players, and we’re excited to welcome David as part of the roster.
“The arrival of both David and Austin are a positive step forward for the Giants as we look to continue our growth as a sustainable club and make significant improvements on the court and challenge for the play-offs.”
Kadiri will wear vest number 1 for the Giants, and is expected to arrive ahead of the game against USA Select on September 3.
Tickets for the opening game against USA Select, as well as the first BBL game of the season against Leicester Riders, are now available via the club’s online shop at www.manchestergiants.com/shop
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You can watch a video of David in action below: