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October 22, 2020 by Ben Lang

Scorchers add Evan Walshe to 2020-2021 BBL roster!

Surrey Scorchers have moved quickly to secure the services of 22-year-old Shooting Guard Evan Walshe after impressing in the L Lynch Trophy!


The 6’4 former GB U20 international joins Creon Raftopoulos’ side after graduating from Barry University in Florida.


In his senior year, he scored 8.6 points per game shooting an impressive 40.6 per cent from the three-point line.


Since returning to the UK, Walshe featured for Oaklands Wolves in the L Lynch Trophy, and was quick to make headlines when he scored 33 points against Hemel Storm last weekend.


He now makes the jump to the BBL to join Connor Cashaw, Caylin Raftopoulos and Lovell Cook in the Scorchers backcourt.


Delighted to have signed, he said: “It’s exciting times, I’m really pleased to be down here in Guildford with this team.


“Its great to get back on the floor, after a long Coronavirus summer its been good to be playing for Oaklands.


“Its a family atmosphere here – I was lucky enough to come down here during the summer for a couple of training sessions during the Scorchers bubble.


“The guys have been very welcoming and invited me in with open arms.


“Scorchers fans, I’m never going to step out on to the floor without giving 100 per cent, I’m all heart so hopefully you can see that soon.”


Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos added: “I’m ecstatic to get this deal over the line.


“I spoke to Evan earlier in the summer and now things have fallen into place to make this happen.


“One of the most exciting parts about it is that I’ve always been about giving young British players an opportunity to show what they can do.


“One of the key things about his 33-point performance last weekend is that Hemel Storm Guard Levi Noel is an outstanding BBL defender, and Evan managing to play well against him really caught my eye.


“Evan did really will in college, and I’ve got to thank Oaklands for allowing him to switch to us and for all of the hard work they have put into him as a player.


“I think Evan has shown his ability to shoot the basketball and he’s a very good on-ball defender – there’s a lot of plusses he brings to the table.


“I think he could become a GB senior player if the chips fall right for him.”




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