Plymouth Raiders are delighted to announce the capture of 6ft 7in forward, Brandon Penn, a former graduate of NCAA Division 1 College, Rider.
Following his senior year where he averaged 11.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, Penn turned professional joining EuroChallenge side, Bakken Bears in Denmark, where he led the team to the league title averaging a team high 17 points per game.
Perhaps his most impressive season to date, however, was with AS Apollon Patras in the top Greek league, HEBA A1, where he averaged 12 points a game. This included hitting a game high 22 points against European giants Olympiacos in the team’s opening game of the season.
The 27-year-old who is originally from Philadelphia, US, is capable of playing both the small and power forward position, adding yet more versatility to Coach Loves roster.
Plymouth Raiders Head Coach Gavin Love said: “I’m am very pleased that Brandon will be joining us. He has a huge amount of experience that he will bring to our team having played in Denmark, Greece and Japan.
“Brandon is a very versatile player who can play both forwards spots and has the ability to play on the perimeter and with his back the basket.”
Penn added: “Thank you Coach Love and Plymouth Raiders for allowing me to join the organisation. Let's get to work!”
With the changes in ownership and structure in the back office taking up some time this summer, the club has had a shorter than preferred window to recruit, with Coach Love having to work extremely hard to get the right balance of players to fit the style of basketball he wants the club to play.
Coach Love revealed: The recruitment drive has come to an end. It certainly has been a difficult process this summer given the extremely short time scale.
“We have put together a solid team with players we believe have the potential to be with us for multiple seasons. This is a rebuilding year for the Plymouth Raiders, the goal for this season is to have a group that will have character and a team the fans, sponsors and the city will be excited to support.”
The Raiders will now turn their attention to pre-season, and over the next week the players will be arriving in Plymouth to start their preparations.
Coach Love continued:“We will be working closely with Marjons this season using the facilities at the university and utilising the students for Strength and Conditioning training, with Sarah Catlow (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Sport, Health & Wellbeing) leading the physiotherapy for the players during the year.
“We have a short pre-season with just three games the first of which is at Leicester Riders on the 16th September, so we have to make the most of the time we have.”
Meanwhile Raiders Director, Ross Mackenzie, said: “This season we have the players living in one location, courtesy of our major partner, Plymouth Marjon University.
"The players will be living on campus, and with the back office team also now also located at Marjon, we feel this will really cement the family feel in the extended squad, both on and off the court."
The Raiders start their pre-season schedule with an away fixture against BBL Champions, Leicester Riders, in a game that will be a true baptism of fire for the young Plymouth side.
Fans will get their first chance to see the new look Raiders at home on Sunday 24th September against fellow BBL team, Cheshire Phoenix. Tickets are on sale now via the club’s online box office, and for the Cheshire game prices have been reduced to £9 for adults, £5 for children and concessions, and only £22 for a Family tickets - www.plymouthraiders.com/tickets/
Photo: Philip Divali