The Player 2022 Review: Year 1

Well what a year it’s been! Given all that’s happened in the last 12 months I wanted to write up a review of the last year that hopefully provides some insights as to the progress we are making as an agency, whilst showing gratitude to all those who’ve contributed to our success.

A year ago we launched publicly and at the time I was truly touched by the support we received. Tosin and I had a running start given our previous work, but still when you are operating independently for the first time there’s an increased level of pressure to succeed, and we both felt it.

The summer of 2021 was very productive and key in asserting ourselves as a well respected agency in the UK BBL. Our British guys were remarkable this year, seeing success and seizing near every opportunity on the court

This can be seen easily in Pat Whelan and Rowell Graham-Bell, who emerged as two  of the best players in the league this season – made the All-British team. 

The product of British Basketball was also benefited greatly by some of our other  British players, particularly in Conner, Cam, Josh, Raph, Joe and Boban making big names for themselves in some of their performances in 2021/2

I’m certainly seeing an improvement in terms of how well our league and our players are regarded overseas – a positive sign that we are having the kind of influence we set out to achieve.

In terms of imports we were able to bring Larry Austin Jr to Cheshire and keep Antwain Johnson in the league with Sheffield as his short-term contract came to an end. Both guys have been excellent with Larry deservedly winning the Trophy MVP and being named to the All-Defensive team, whilst Antwain led Sheffield to a 2nd place league finish in what was arguably the most competitive BBL season ever.

Levi Bradley was also impressive for Cheshire and key in their success through his resilience and work ethic – as was Hafeez in his strong year for Worthing Thunder in his NBL season.

Speaking of resilience a special mention should be made to Shon Briggs who had a tremendous season with Belfast after what I’m sure he would agree was far too much time off! Shon’s performance and professionalism has been huge for us in establishing a presence in the Irish Superleague and we hope to have more players out there next season.

Thank you also to Guy, Shore, Reggie, Jalen and Nestor for their professionalism in their respective overseas jobs and good luck to Rowell who soon leaves for Edmonton Storm, to join the reigning champions in a move that we’re sure will pave the way for future British players to pursue opportunities in Canada.

We now enter the next phase of our growth with many new clients we are thrilled to represent.

They join us at an exciting time as in the background we have taken several steps to improve what we do over the last few months. These include implementing a new player management system, improving our social media output, obtaining our own FIBA licence and expanding our team’s capabilities.

With these additions in personnel, functionality and experience we are confident we will go to another level this year, providing an even better service to more players and clubs.

Other plans for the year ahead are to start working on events and community projects, as well as career management workshops and groups which we hope will add value to our clients and further differentiate us from our competitors.

As the summer signing period begins, we’re truly excited for the next twelve months, and very much looking forward to what lies ahead for us this year and beyond.

Thank you to everyone who’s shown support in any way over the journey so far.

Wishing you all peace, joy and success,

Tom