Manchester Giants have made the deadline day signing of Allie Fullah, a 6’7″ British forward who has spent much of the last two seasons with Bradford Dragons in National Basketball League Division 1, and joins from a recent spell with Division 3 side Calderdale Explorers.
Fullah has been training with the team for the last two weeks, and is registered in time to feature in this weekend’s double-header against Bristol Flyers and Plymouth Raiders. Any fans who want to see him in action, however, will have to catch the games live on the BBL’s YouTube channel as tickets for Sunday’s home game sold out four days in advance.
The 30-year-old has had stints with three BBL clubs previously, first in 2015-16 when he averaged 7 points and 4 rebounds per game with London Lions and Surrey Scorchers; followed in 2017-18 when he featured for Leeds Force, averaging 7 points and 5 rebounds.
The latter spell included two dominant interior performances against Giants, including 18 points on 80% shooting, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in what was his last BBL game in August 2017.
Since then, Fullah posted 12 points and 8 rebounds per game for Lancashire Spinners in Division 1, and across two seasons with Bradford Dragons he has averaged 6 points and 6 rebounds. He joined Calderdale Explorers in December, and averaged 18 points per outing for the Yorkshire side.
The native Londoner – who was a Great Britain U20 international – spent his college years in America, averaging 4 points and 4 rebounds while starting 58 of 63 games for Charleston Southern in NCAA Division 1. He played his rookie professional season in Calais, France.
Fullah is a presence in the paint, and has been among the top shot blockers in leagues that he has played in. He was the BBL’s second biggest shot blocker in 2017-18, and 53rd among all NCAA Division 1 players in his junior year at college. In the last three seasons, he has averaged more than a block a game in under 20 minutes.
“Allie has settled into training really well and is getting up to speed quickly,” said Head Coach Danny Byrne. “He has been a consistent contributor in the paint and on the glass across his career, and brings another dimension to our interior offence as well as a solid defensive presence.”
“The signing enables us to rotate Allie and David Ulph in their natural 5 spot, meaning that Edu Arques and Ronalds Elksnis can focus their attention playing their natural position at the 4.
“Along with the return of Jack Hudson at point guard, this should give us much better balance to finish the season, which is something we have struggled with through injuries and personnel issues.
“For the fans, this is a sign of our intent to fight all the way through until the end of the season, and Allie brings a rugged style of play that our fans will appreciate.”