Danum Eagles: Brandon Smith makes his return

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Danum Eagles have announced the return of Brandon Smith ahead of the new National League season.

The 6’4” small forward is known for being a relentless competitor and impressed recently at Danum All Star Weekend where he helped the men’s team to an impressive 85-71 victory over Wales.

Smith was a key player for the club at junior level prior to him moving to America to attend Hooks High School in Texas.

He boasts experience of playing in Division Three with Sheffield Sabres and more recently has represented York Tornadoes in a competitive local league.

Smith now returns to National League basketball after a break to focus on his studies at York St John University, where he played BUCS basketball.

“I’ve known a lot of the guys for many years now, and I’m excited to be joining the family again,” said Smith.

“I’ve missed it so much. It’s been great to come back and watch the guys play, but it’s not the same as being out there on the court with them and I can’t wait to be a part of that again.

“I think I’ll bring passion, some help on the boards and a real desire to win.”

“I should fit in really quickly having already played with the guys for so long.”

Eagles, who only launched their men’s team last year, are targeting a second successive promotion after winning Division Four at the first time of asking.

And first team coach Ross Stafford believes Smith could prove to be a valuable addition in the quest for more success.

“Brandon is an incredibly fierce competitor and gives his all every time he steps on the court,” he said.

“We had a great season in Division Four but I felt that we needed to add a few players to the squad this summer to make sure that we can really push for another promotion.

“Brandon is a player that we’ve never lost touch with and having him back will be a real boost.”