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Cheshire Phoenix have officially announced the signing of former Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks forward Julius Hodge.
The 30-year-old was a former first round pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and has already made an instant impact for the ‘Nix with 11 points and 10 rebounds on debut in an 89-86 win in Glasgow on Sunday.
“I have chosen to become a part of the Cheshire Phoenix in the BBL league because I recognised a tremendous opportunity to help grow basketball in the UK,” Hodge revealed. “This will also be a great chance to help my good friend Coach Coffino, Andrew Donaldson and the Phoenix win a championship.
“Great things are about to happen for basketball in the UK and I look forward to this opportunity to jump start the awareness.”
The arrival of former NBA D-League Head Coach John Coffino in the summer saw an influx of a number of high-profile signings with the latest addition of Hodge regarded as a ‘ground-breaking signing’ by the ‘Nix chairman Andrew Donaldson.
“We look forward to seeing him lead from the front on the court as the marauding warrior we expect him to be,” he added. “Off the court we believe Julius and the club’s beliefs, community philosophy and ambition are perfectly matched.”
The arrival of Hodge sees the release of American Brad Karp while Cheshire have also signed Lester Prosper to replace GB forward Gareth Murray.