Everton Tigers have beaten the buzzer to bolster their BBL play-off charge with the signing of highly-rated forward Marcel Jones.
The club was granted an extension to the BBL’s transfer window to land the American ahead of the deadline after a paperwork delay.
The 24-year-old arrives on Merseyside having spent last summer with the Manawatu Jets in New Zealand having previously enjoyed spells in Finland and Hungary. He also featured for the Chicago Bulls in the 2008 NBA summer league in Orlando.
The 6ft 8in forward grew up in Los Angeles, California, before playing college basketball for Oregon State University.
Tony Garbelotto, Tigers head coach, said Jones will help the Tigers push for honours on all fronts and will bring them an extra dimension.
He said: “We have been searching for a while now to replace Flo Larkai and I feel we have signed the best player available in the short time that we had.
“Marcel is not a like-for-like replacement for Flo but he will bring qualities to the squad that we have been missing in recent weeks.
“He has all the attributes you need to be a success in the BBL, and his ability to operate at both ends of the court will be a huge benefit to the team as a whole.”
Jones is in line to make his Tigers debut on Friday evening as the Newcastle Eagles arrive at the Greenbank Academy for the crunch BBL Trophy semi final second leg.
The Tigers have confirmed they will not appeal against the one-match ban imposed on Trey Moore, meaning the American will sit out the tie.