He’s been one of the country’s highest-profile players outside of the BBL in recent years as he shone in the NBL, but now Kyle Jimenez has the chance to test himself again at the top level in the UK so that he is ready to adapt for the Caledonia Gladiators this season.
Fired up over the past two seasons in the NBL Division 1 with the Loughborough Riders and Nottingham Hoods, Jimenez returns to Scotland to compete under Gareth Murray with the Caledonia Gladiators and we recently caught up with Kyle to discuss his new challenge .
“I’m really excited to be back at the Rocks and playing at home with a number of guys that I know really well and pushing myself to the next level. I feel like I’ve been ready for this opportunity for a few years to take that step into BBL and I was just waiting for the right opportunity.
“Everyone should expect someone who is going to play the right way, play hard every night and do everything they can for the team, and I’m extremely excited to compete against top players. level.
“My role has changed over the past few years, playing more of a point guard at Loughborough which was a challenge learning a new position so late in my career, but I really appreciated the opportunity and I definitely developed a lot as a result I expect the Rocks to play anywhere from one to three but I will do whatever it takes to help the team.
“I feel like our chemistry is going to be a big boost.”
With Murray making his move to the touchline a permanent stint and focusing full-time on training, the addition of Jimenez to the mix bolsters the contingent of elite Scottish talent the Gladiators can call upon in the game. both on and off the pitch.
While there was a feeling of inevitability regarding the 24-year-old keeper’s return to Scotland this summer, the announcement was still met with great enthusiasm, which Jimenez spoke of alongside his thoughts on the team potential.
“I was blown away by all the excitement about signing for the team, to be honest – not just in the BBL, but in a number of leagues people were contacting me and wishing me luck, so I am looking to live up to this and I’m really excited for this opportunity.
“I’m here to add to the club’s hard-working, high-intensity culture on the pitch. There’s a great group of guys here and we get along really well as a group so we have a lot of potential to do well and I feel like our chemistry is going to be a big boost.
“I’d like to think how well people like me, Jonny (Bunyan), Ali (Fraser) and Fraser (Malcolm) know each other, it can only help us get off to a good start and help everyone get on. install faster too. It’s what the most successful BBL teams have been doing for years, and it’s a big step for us to take.
You can see the Gladiators in action in the BBL Cup for their first game of the season on October 2n/a against the Surrey Scorchers at 5 p.m. Watch all BBL matches live and free this season at www.bblplayer.co.uk