Leicester Riders have signed exciting young British star Blake Bowman to a multi-year deal, signifying his first professional contract. The 20-year-old Derby native played his last three seasons with his hometown Trailblazers in the NBL, before aiming to turn professional.
Bowman averaged 19 points, six rebounds and three assists in the NBL last season, and also helped bring silverware to the Midlands. He was pivotal in their L Lynch Trophy victory, averaging 17 points and 6.5 rebounds throughout the tournament, and scoring a double-double in the Finals.
“We are delighted to have Blake join our club, he has just had a great season for Derby and we are looking for him to come on and display those skills straight away,” commented head coach Rob Paternostro.
“I’ve really enjoyed watching him play this season, he’s very athletic with a good height and length that can really go all the way to the edge. He has a versatility in his game that is exciting at the moment and for the future. coming.
“We had some very good young players who studied at Loughborough and played professionally with us. Conner Washington, Jamell Anderson and Josh Ward-Hibbert are players who have thrived in this situation both on and off the court.
Bowman will continue his studies at Loughborough, while competing for Leicester in the BBL, and the 6’6″ winger is eager for the challenge.
“I’m very excited to face the best players in the country week after week. I look forward to the challenge of playing against established pros,” Bowman said.
“The level of competition within the team is the highest in Britain. Competing with these guys every day in practice will only make things easier come game time.
Blake’s father, Barry, had a stint in the BBL during his professional career, while his uncle, Marc Hawley played 56 games over two seasons for the Riders between 1997 and 1999.