Losonsky in, but Rundles departs
Leicester Riders have continued their team building for the new season by signing Pavol Losonsky.
While welcoming the 24-year-old Slovakian on board however, they were also saying farewell to Cameron Rundles, who is hanging up his boots to take up a coaching job in the United States.
Losonsky had his first year in the professional ranks last season with Nova Ves in the Slovakian League, after playing college basketball in the United States.
He averaged 16 points and seven rebounds a game for Nova Ves and was part of the Slovakian team at the recent European Championships.
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Rob Paternostro, head coach of the Jelson Homes DMU-backed Riders, said: "We are looking forward to working with Pavol. He is a player who can play multiple positions and should be able to help us in many areas.
"He had a good year last year in his first professional season and was very interested in coming to play for us.
"He is a big man, 6ft 8in, who can play both inside and outside and has shown the ability to impact games in many ways.
"With the addition of Pavol, we feel like we have many players who are comfortable playing in many different positions, which should allow us to play many different styles."
For Rundles, it will be a change of direction after taking up a coaching role at his old university, Wofford College.
The charismatic point guard had a stunning rookie season for Riders, and was voted in the BBL top five.
Rundles admitted it was a tough decision to focus on a coaching career.
"I was originally planning to come back, and had a very good offer from Leicester, as well as two from Germany, and I thought it was just a matter of picking what was best for my career," he said.
"Then an opening came up at Wofford, and head coach Mike Young was very persistent and has persuaded me it was the right time.
"I am going to miss Leicester hugely, and particularly the fans and my many friends.
"Playing with the Riders was an immensely enjoyable, and I will take some time to adjust. But, long-term, I think it will prove the right thing for my career."
Riders play pre-season home games against a touring USA team on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 (both 7pm).