It's going to be another year in Riders uniform for the back-to-back British Basketball League MVP Geno Crandall as he inks a new deal with the Leicester based team for another year.
Geno, aka 'The General' led the Riders to a treble-winning domestic season whilst averaging 13.1 points and 6.8 assists. Being crowned MVP last season, he became just the fourth player in British Basketball League history to win back-to-back MVP awards. This was one of three awards for Crandall, having also won the BBL Cup Final MVP and the BBL Playoff Final MVP.
"We are thrilled to have Geno back in Leicester," said head coach Rob Patternostro via the Leicester Riders press release. “He is a guy that has provided an elite level of play from day one. He can do it all on both ends of the floor, his playmaking and ability to eliminate defenders really makes us go on offence, and his athletic ability, ball pressure and intelligence have been valuable to our defence.”
With the Riders taking the leap into the Basketball Champions League this year, re-signing their star point guard is going to be essential to a successful campaign in Europe. Geno looks forward to the challenge and says that it's something that he's been wanting.
“I’ve always wanted to challenge myself to reach the highest levels I can as a player and entering into European competition gives me the opportunity to do that.”
In other news, the British Basketball League have removed their Team Payment Caps, the first big financial move by the league since the 777 Partners investment.