Ousman Krubally return for second campaign at Leopards

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 July 2011

Ousman Krubally is returning to Leopards

Ousman Krubally is returning to Leopards


New coach Dejan Mihec quick to secure Krubally signature

New Barking Abbey Leopards coach Dejan Mihec has moved quickly to secure his first signing with the announcement that Ousman Krubally will return for a second season with the Big Cats.

Mark Clark’s successor is delighted to secure the signing of Krubally, who narrowly missed out on both the EBL Division Player of the Year and the top scoring awards last season, and believes he is an exciting signing for the club.

“There aren’t many players like him,” said Mihec. “He was one of the best players in the country last season and his high energy and great working ethic is very important for our programme. Even though he had a big season, I think this year will be his year.

“He will be with the team from the beginning and he should assume a position of leadership in the team and I think that he’s very hungry to do this. I see him fitting in this roll very well.”

Big Cats

Krubally joined the Big Cats in early December and was edged out by a single vote in the Player of the Year poll, as Reading Rockets’ Niko Scott took the award.

He also went agonisingly close in the scoring award as Leeds Carnegie’s Adrian Fenyn finished with 22.5 points per game to Krubally’s 22.39.

However, the 23-year-old American forward did take the rebounding award with a massive 13.22 boards per game and also had the highest ranking per game which takes account of the four main statistical categories.

Pleased to be returning to the Big Cats, Krubally said: “Overall, I am thankful, grateful and blessed to have an opportunity to be a part of the Leopards for the 2011-2012 season.

“I am excited about this season and the Leopards. I’m ready to work hard and have fun throughout the entire season.”

Mihec, who coached the Leopards’ Division Four team least season, took over from Clark, who stepped down from his 
position as head coach.

Speaking last week, 
Mihec explained his delight in taking the new role and immediately set out his plans to take the club forward.

“Leopards is a well organised club and alongside Barking Abbey Basketball Academy it combines a perfect environment for running a quality basketball program,” he said.

“I am very happy to be a head coach for next season and I am quite excited to work closer with the Leopards management.

“I am aware that it won’t be easy to make a good result, especially as we will have a lot of young players.

“But we will work hard, go step-by-step and I believe that we will produce some players and have a successful season.”

Club chairman Fred Dicker added: “We’re delighted to have Dejan coaching us. We believe we are getting things right on and off for the court as we look forward to a successful season.”

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories

Veteran manager signs up for stint on reality TV show


Barking assistant manager Andre Thomas admitted late 1-0 defeat to high-flying Coggeshall Town was tough to take.


Defender had impressed for Essex club in early part of season, but has been out of favour in recent weeks

Another B&M is opening in Dagenham.


A well-known children’s TV presenter visited a school in Dagenham to support an event which is all about celebrating young people’s individuality.


Are you aged over 25 and an unpaid carer? If you want to return to employment but need practical help and support to get there, Working for Carers can help.

Everest Estates stress-free service guarantees a fixed income for your East London or Essex property every month, even if no one is currently living there. Here they talk about the scheme and explain how it can help you dodge common letting headaches.

Barking and Dagenham is home to Better Extreme, London’s largest indoor skatepark. Whatever your discipline, be it skateboarding, inline, BMX or scootering, there’s a challenge waiting for you.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now