Kalil Irving, the 1992 born wing player from Kent, is fast emerging as a factor for BBL side Worcester Wolves, a situation neither him or the team envisaged at the start of the season.
“I didn’t really think I was going to play, I was just here for the ride and was happy to play university basketball and scrape minutes in the BBL,” said the 6’6″, 20 year old to the Worcester News. “Now I am playing some decent minutes in the BBL and for the university team as well so I am really happy. It’s beyond my wildest dreams.
“I thought I was just going to come here, ghost my three years and then be out.”
Irving is averaging 5.8 points and 3.6 rebounds on 54.1% shooting from the field in 17.3 minutes per game for the Wolves, having had some more than solid performances, most notably his career high 22 points in 20 minutes against Cheshire in November, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter. Irving, who was originally developed through the Medway Park programme, also went 11/13 from the field on his stand out night for the Wolves.
“He’s totally surprised me,” said the Wolves head coach and director of basketball. “He’s done fantastically for us and been rewarded with way more court time than I think he even expected.”
His performances culminated in a call up to the BBL England Select side that competed against Ireland Superleague Select prior to the Cup Final at the NIA, Birmingham, in January.
James added: “The fact he’s handled himself well at BBL level meant he should have an opportunity to play with the England team as well and give him that international experience.
“It’s something that he appreciated and realised that if he keeps working hard and applying his trade he can go on to have a very good future.”
Read the full article over at the Worcester News.
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