Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles continue to shape one of the most exciting rosters in British basketball after bagging another red hot import with overseas experience.
Marc Steutel’s talent-stacked squad assembles on Tyneside next week to prepare for a double tilt at domestic and European glory.
And wing Scott Spencer will don an Eagles jersey during the 2023/24 campaign following a stint with Luxembourg’s Kordall Steelers.
“I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to add Scott to the squad,” said Steutel. “I’m excited about so many parts of his game and can’t wait to get him over here.
“He’s 6ft 6in and that size on the perimeter — added to his overall skillset — makes him a real asset for us.
“Scott can shoot the ball and defend the right way. He’ll be a really big addition to the group and complement what we already have.”
US college star Spencer started nine games in his senior year at Tulane after leading the Atlantic-10 Conference in three-point shooting percentage in each of the previous two seasons with La Salle.
The 26-year-old joined the Steelers last summer and is keen to progress his professional career in the British Basketball League.
“Scott’s still a young guy but his experience in Luxembourg will be really beneficial as we prepare for the European North Basketball League (ENBL) campaign,” added Steutel.
“I know how much he wants to test himself in the UK and against some of the top clubs in Europe.
“Securing his signature was hugely important and now I’m just looking forward to meeting him and introducing him to his team-mates.
“It’s the time of the year when we get everyone together for the first time. It’s about acclimatising the new faces and making sure we’re all on the same page ahead of the first Regular Season game against Sheffield on September 14.”
Steutel joined Eagles’ officials in Latvia this week as ENBL clubs gathered to discuss this season’s competition.
The European competition’s two eight-team groups were confirmed today with Newcastle set to tip-off against teams from Czech Republic, Romania, Estonia, Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland.
Fixtures and ticket details will be announced next week, including information for the Eagles loyal British Basketball League season ticket holders.
Newcastle join fellow British ballers Bristol Flyers in the ENBL and Steutel added: “Our recruitment this summer reflects the fact that we’re taking European basketball very seriously.
“I’m confident that we’ve built a roster capable of competing at home and abroad and Scott’s signing seriously strengthens my options as head coach.”
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