Basketball player profiles.

10th March 2011

With Men’s Basketball coming after Women’s Basketball and Netball in a Varsity triple header on Friday 11th March a big turnout is expected for what could potentially be a vital game in the 2011 Varsity series. I’m sure you’ll all be heading down to University Park sports centre to cheer our teams on from 3:30. The Men’s game tips off at 6:30 and in preparation for the match we’ve got our grubby little hands on some player profiles from Basketball President Gareth Lewis so you can get to know your University of Nottingham Basketball team a little bit better:

Martin Richardson – Head Coach
Coach Richardson is extremely determined to get the right result at Varsity, purely because if he doesn’t, his wife will find him unbearable and make him sleep on the sofa! Likely to be found chatting with the referees all game long and giving his players motivational speeches, Coach enjoys the big matches and is hoping to steer his team to that all important win. Owes the team a crate of beer.

Patrick Daley – Guard
Team Captain and rightly so, Pat offers high levels of intensity and leads from the front. Don’t let his boyish looks fool you though; Pat has a very sensible head on those shoulders. Should have been given the lead in “About a Boy” during his younger years.

Timo Mo – Point Guard
T-Mo is a whipper snapper of a point guard, with the handling skills to match. Although small in stature, T-Mo is an aggressive player who is always looking to get things going. Still owing the team a crate of beer for his on court antics back in January, one day T-Mo hopes his girlfriend will let him come out on a social.

Emile Blaison – Guard
A French sounding name and the swagger to match, Emile is as French as you can get. A classy player who can do almost anything with a ball, Emile will definitely light up his first and last Varsity game. Emile played professionally in France and still hasn’t figured out that we won’t be paying him for his services this year. Sorry mate.

Mikail Ridhwan – Guard
One of this year’s fresher’s, there’s nothing Mik loves more than a good social. A nice little three point shot and a good basketball brain makes Mik one for the future. However, Mik often has far too much to say for himself and regularly needs cutting down to size. Usual topics of conversation from Mik include the time he won a three point contest in Malaysia and reams of uninteresting stories about Hu Stu. Idolises his President.

Borislav Dimitrov – Guard
“The Blade” is definitely one to watch at this year’s game. As cool as you like, Boris will make shots when it counts and is ones of the best passers of the ball to ever come out of Bulgaria. Boris used to be 6ft 8ins, but has shrunk in his old age.

Ryan Wong – Guard
Never has a clue what’s going on, Ryan is another one of the motley crew of fresher’s we’ve ended up with this year. With a deadly three point shot that comes and goes, even Ryan himself doesn’t know when he’s going to start lighting up the three point line. Ryan once thought he was in Coach Carter during a game and pulled up to shoot a three on a fast break, only to miss and look like a right muppet.

Ibey Agbaje – Guard/ Forward
Sure to be MVP of the warm up, Ibey can jump rather high into the air, and regularly demonstrates this to the adoring fans pre-game. A nice jump shot alongside this makes Ibey a nice player, who can bring instant offense off the bench. Ibey spends his time away from the court shopping for “fresh kicks” and learning dance moves. Currently teaching his President how to “do the Douggie” with very little success.

Ales Weiser – Guard/ Forward
Ales has returned to Nottingham with an extremely consistent jump shot that when coupled with his length, makes him a touch match up for defenders. An intellectual old chap, Ales is always reading old looking books. Regularly breaks out into song at the most random times.

Andrew Thriepland – Small Forward
Andy is another one likely to light things up in the Varsity game. Andy is a nightmare to match up with. Quick and big, watch out for Andy going hard to the hoop and place your bets on a big dunk coming in from this guy during the game. A good source of knowledge on women, find Andy after the game soaking up the atmosphere, or chasing after a little “somethinn somethin”.

Gareth Lewis – Power Forward
The President also popularly known as the G13 is an essential part of the team with his strong inside game and outside 3 point shooting. What a talent this young man could be if only he could jump. However he prefers putting his time into working on his chest and “destroying” other team mates in the gym. After the game is where you will see this Welshman doing his best work. A self-proclaimed ladies man and king of banter you’ll be sure to see him leading this great club on another epic night.

Jeff Smith – Center
Known as J-Smooth by many and more abusive things by his President, Jeff is living proof that white men can jump. An impressive athlete, Jeff wishes his personality was as lively as his basketball game. Find Jeff after the game holding Andy’s inside out pocket “Prison Break” style, not saying much and looking uncomfortable.

Nimi Igomi – Center
Nimi’s size makes him unstoppable underneath the basket, and he also has a jump shot that’s not to be underestimated. Nimi has a big smile that brightens up even the gloomiest of days, but don’t get the man angry. Dances well for a big man and laughs like Frank Bruno. Nice.

Ugonna Krest – Center
Where do you start with this guy?Krest is another one of our fresher’s that provides his President with hours upon hours of entertainment. A beast of a Center too, Krest is our very own zone-buster. On a social side, Krest has his very own song and is loved by all for his classic one liners straight out of the hood. Post-match, find Krest in a casino talking about love and dark rooms….

Marc Waldhof – Center
Lovingly nicknamed “Question Marc”, Marc is an inquisitive fresher, who regularly turns up to socials wearing scarves that often cause the questions to be directed back at him. With a huge frame and good hands, Marc definitely has the potential to become a dominant Center for years to come. This will however have to be put on hold if Hollister are looking for a man with a constantly confused look on his face to model in their next advertising campaign.