Xavier in charge as Mansfield Giants link up with Nottingham Tribe in new county basketball partnership

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Mansfield Giants have announced an exciting new partnership between two of the county’s biggest basketball clubs.

After months of discussions, Giants and Nottingham Tribe will be going into the new season in partnership to the benefit the development of both programmes with Tribe head coach Curtis Xavier also managing the Giants’ VCars.co.uk Division Two side.

Tribe have a long tradition of producing some of the best local players, including Bilsthorpe brothers 6ft 7ins Dan Watts and 6ft 9ins David ‘Tin Tin’ Watts.

Giants’ Dan was ranked in the top three players stats in Division Two this season while David is playing professiona Bbasketball for Manchester at the very top level in the country.

After four years development with a group of local talented youngsters, the next step for the Nottingham-based club was to enter them into the National League.

With the quality and experience of the Giants players in Senior Men’s National League over the year,s and with the club on the look out for a new senior men’s head coach, the link seemed like the natural progression, pooling all the resources from both organisations to develop a stronger pathway for players in the county.

Giants’ former senior player/head coach Dan Richards said: “This is a fantastic development for Mansfield and Nottingham basketball.

“With both parties now working closely together, I believe that within the next three years, this programme will be one of the finest in the country. With so many talented young players in the area these are very exciting times for both Mansfield and Nottingham.”

Xavier will now manage the Giants and filter young talented players to the team.

John Charnock, also from the Tribe, and Arron White, from the Giants, will assist coach Xavier, who is regarded as one of the country’s top development coaches and has coached at the very highest level in the country.

Over the past 10 years, he has focused more on developing the younger generation, producing some of the country’s finest players.

Richards added: “This is great news for the county of Nottinghamshire.

“We have all talked about how to develop basketball in the county and both clubs share the same vision. We both boast strengths the other party is lacking, so it makes sense for us to link up to take our development work to the next stage.

“There has been limited quality playing opportunities for the junior men to aspire to the highest level in the county recently, so a big emphasis will be on development and bringing these players through the ranks. With some of the senior players we already have in our club this is a win win situation for all.”

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Giants will be holding trials this summer, but if any players share the same vision and interested in trying out please contact mansfieldgiants@yahoo.co.uk.