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Basketball: Calvo will be back for Leicester Riders next season

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Leicester Riders took another step to rebuilding their BBL Championship-winning team by announcing the return of Jorge Calvo.

The 25-year-old point-guard, born in Ponferrada, Spain, was a huge hit with Riders fans last season, not only for his tenacious defence and ability to run the offence, but also for his hugely engaging manner off the court.

Calvo was the first Spaniard to win a BBL Championship, and he was keen to return to the Jelson Homes DMU-backed Riders.

"From very early on with Riders, as I came to understand the great mix of players we had, I was really keen to make Leicester more than a one-year stop," he said.

"I believe this is a team that can get better, and I can get better with the team.

"Playing in the BBL is a different challenge to Spain, but I think it is helping to develop my game.

"I will be looking to do things a little different, add some things to what I bring to Riders, but it is really working with my team-mates and coaches that will help make the difference.

"I was also excited to see that Drew Sullivan had re-signed, because he is such an important player in our team.

"He and Rob (Paternostro), our coach, are what make the big difference to the team, so that just reinforced my keenness to come back."

Calvo believes Riders will have it much tougher in the BBL next season, but he is looking forward to the challenge.

"For sure, teams are going to be gunning for Leicester, and it will be difficult," he said

"We set a standard this season, and other teams will be out to put one over on us.

"But I think Riders can get better, and particularly if we can keep most of the squad together."

Paternostro was excited to have Calvo back for next season's title defence.

"Jorge is hugely under-rated in my opinion," said the Riders coach.

"He handles himself extremely well, is a very smart player and is very much a team guy.

"There are a lot of decisions to make in his position on the court, particularly in terms of getting other guys involved in the offence, and that is where Jorge excels."

Basketball: Calvo will be back for Leicester Riders next season


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