Manchester Giants are pleased to announce the deadline-day return of veteran BBL guard Yorick Williams.
The Giants legend will come out of retirement to try to help the club – currently in sixth place in the BBL Championship – achieve a first Play-off berth in five years.
The 43-year-old 6ft 4ins Mancunian last played in the league in the 2016-17 season as player/coach of the Giants, when in 18 minutes per game he was still offering a highly-productive eight points and two assists, including 32% three-point shooting.
The veteran of an amazing 21 BBL campaigns, Williams won the BBL Championship and the BBL Cup with the Brighton Bears, and a Championship, Play-off and Cup treble with Leicester Riders in 2012-13 and this will be his fourth stint with the club.
In 2006, he was the league’s leading scorer with 24 points per game. At his peak, he averaged 16 points per game between 1998 and 2010, and across his entire BBL career he has averaged 11 points per outing and 33% three-point shooting.
Giants are in the midst of a positive season, currently sitting sixth in the league with a 10-10 record and having reached the semi-finals of both the Cup and Trophy competitions.
But they have been hit by a spate of injuries with another veteran guard, James Jones, out for the last month with an ongoing ankle problem.
‘He can bring his experience to bear’
Giants’ head coach Danny Byrne said: “Yorick has been training with the team for a while and, as Willie (Clayton) spoke about in a recent podcast interview, he has really gelled with the group, who have all benefitted from his experience.
“We believe that he can bring that experience to bear in trying to get us over the line in this Play-off race, and especially as we are still without James. Yorick has shown a real hunger and desire to help his hometown team achieve that, and while he brings a clear offensive threat, it’s his tenacity, experience and communication on defence that I think can make a big difference for us.”
Williams will make his return to the Giants for the club’s next home game against his former club Leicester, on Sunday, March 17 at George H Carnall.
In the meantime, Giants head to league-leading London Lions on Sunday in a game that is live on BBC Sport.
Williams joins Fab Flournoy, of the Newcastle Eagles, as one of only two currently active BBL players over the age of 40, although he is two years junior to his ex-teammate with whom he played for Birmingham Bullets around the turn of the century.
Less of a rarity, he will be the seventh player named Williams currently active in the BBL.