Manchester Giants coach Danny Byrne is expecting big things from British forward Richard Bell in his second year at the club.
Bell, 26, returns to Manchester having spent his rookie year in the BBL last season, where he made 29 appearances with an average of 22 minutes, six rebounds and seven points per game.
Byrne said: “Richard overcame a bad injury last season and I know he’s been working hard over the summer.
“We need to give him the confidence to play to his size, and he got better towards the end of last season.
“We’re expecting bigger things of him now. He’s been through his rookie season and he knows what to expect from the league.
“He knows he’ll need to up his game to take off and get a bit more aggression in him.
“He gets up and down the floor and he fits what we want to do.”
Bell has been to Atlanta in the summer, working out with Paul Cantwell, the head coach at Combine Academy Atlanta, as well as playing in the Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League (AEBL) proam tournament.
He said: “I’m looking to have a strong season next year for the Giants.
“I’ve been working on improving my skills, being more consistent with my shot, improving my dribbling and getting my body stronger and more explosive.
“I feel like I’m improving and my body is better. I’m eating better and I’m getting stronger.”
Bell is now back in Manchester ahead of the start of pre-season, as well as the second year of his Masters studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.
He is the sixth confirmed member of the Giants roster for 2017-18, following the announcements of Callum Jones, Jerelle Okoro and Anastasios Traianos and new faces Clayfell Harris and Mark Rangeley.