Ousman Krubally return for second campaign at Leopards
PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 July 2011
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.”
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.”