Manchester Giants will be great, promises new signing Ben Eaves ahead of his BBL debut

By Phil Jones

Manchester Giants’ new signing Ben Eaves thinks the resurrected side’s roster can develop into a great team over the season.

The 25-year-old 6ft 7in forward signed his Giants contract some weeks ago but was prevented from playing until his previous club in Cyprus released him.

But Preston-born Eaves now has clearance to play and is looking to make a flying start against Plymouth Raiders tomorrow night.

He told MM: “We’ve got a good team – potentially a great team if we can do the right things. I look to bring whatever is necessary to the table.

“It’s been a long process really but it’s been great being with the other guys.

“Working out with the guys has helped me out enormously in terms of getting in with the system.

“Had it not been like that I wouldn’t have hit the ground running, it’s given me the opportunity to get off on the right foot definitely.”

Eaves played with many of the current Giants roster in the Manchester Magic youth system before heading to university in America, followed by a season in Cyprus.

And the former Great Britain U23 international hopes the familiarity with his teammates will pay dividends under coach Jeff Jones.

“It’s nice to have that core back together, I think that’s one thing Jeff was looking to do when he set out on this mission to get the Giants back,” said the small forward.

“We get on great so hopefully that can translate to a good season on the court, it goes a long way when you know guys have got your back.

“So far it’s been a fun ride, I just need to work hard and see what it brings, but I’m happy to be back with these guys here in Manchester.”

The Giants have won three and lost three of their opening BBL fixtures to lie sixth in the table, and Eaves hopes he can add to the side’s presence under the basket.

“We’ve been struggling a bit to rebound the ball in most of the games we’ve played so far, I feel I can help out in that regard, and just bring a presence.

“That’s been one of the things expressed to me coming into the games, so that’s really the main thing.

“But you get on a team and you bring to the table what you can offer, everybody else has got their experiences and their abilities so you put them together.”

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