Kande’s Newcastle crush – British Basketball League

Marc Steutel is delighted to follow Savior Kande’s BBL journey this season after the hometown star accepted a new term at Tyneside.

Newcastle’s new head coach is keen to develop emerging British talent and insists the Eagles remain committed to supporting the next generation of hoop stars.

Kande has risen through the ranks at his hometown club to become an increasingly effective option on the bench, and 13 appearances for the senior men’s side last season underscored the 20-year-old’s potential.

“We are delighted to welcome Sauveur back and to continue to see him play in an Eagles shirt,” said Steutel, from British base Eurobasket in Milan.

“He works extremely hard and is motivated to prove his worth in the senior men’s program. As a club, we believe in its potential and want to see Sauveur evolve in the right direction.

“The development of young British talent is important to everyone within our program and we are delighted to see Sauveur take the next steps in his basketball journey.”

Kande played a key role in Newcastle brokering a tricky BBL Cup campaign last fall as senior player injuries and illnesses left the Eagles roster thin.

And the 6’4″ star’s contribution throughout a difficult season persuaded club bosses he should stay with the senior team.

Kande will likely gain more valuable time on the pitch as Newcastle take on Surrey Scorchers in back-to-back friendlies at the Vertu Motors Arena this weekend, and fans will be intrigued to find out how the ambitious striker has developed his game and his skills. physical during the close season.

Themba Yabantu, another Eagles Academy graduate from Kande, looks set to light up the Premier League this season after agreeing a move to the Newcastle side.

Guaranteed minutes in the second tier of British basketball persuaded the speedy guard to join the NBL Cup finalists and last season’s BUCS winners.

But Yabantu will remain with the Eagles family in one of the club’s trusted partner organizations.

Kande will take to the pitch in the first pre-season match at Vertu Motors Arena this Friday September 9 against Surrey Scorchers and tickets are available at newcastle-eagles.com/boxoffice.

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