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CANTERBURY,KENT—The Medway Park Crusaders have added their second import for the 2011-12 EBL1 season with the signing of 6’9 Canadian forward Joseph Schow.
Schow played for Dalhousie University last year where he was a league all-star and averaged 14.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Crusaders head coach James Vear is really pleased with the signing, saying, “Joe really impressed us with the tape we have seen of him. He is tall with a huge wing span and alters a lot of opponent’s shots. He is also not your typical big guy as he feels comfortable handling the ball and facing the basket.”
Schow is the fourth Canadian to play for Crusaders following in the footsteps of Walter Moyse, Simon Mitchell and Brad Smith.
As with previous signings, Vear was keen to find a player who fit the right mould for how Medway intends to play next season. “One thing we wanted to make sure was we didn’t recruit a one dimensional big guy who was limited to playing with just his back to the basket. We really wanted him to be able to do a range of different things and I really believe Joe will do that to us next season.”
Schow is looking forward to starting his pro career in England saying, “I am truly honoured to join the Medway Park organization. I feel that my relentless work ethic, presence on the boards, and efficient offensive production, will help propel a program that has had so much success in the past, to even greater heights.”
Schow is represented by Slan Sports Management. Crusaders Chairman Jesse Sazant expressed his appreciation for their help in signing Schow. “Slan Sports Management have been very professional and helpful throughout the process. Hopefully they will continue to find opportunities for Canadian players to continue their careers in Europe.”
The signing of Schow now gives Medway Park 11 confirmed signings in addition to four juniors who will be with the men next season. Crusaders are not actively recruiting any other players, leaving the final spot open for juniors or a few former players who may return.
Schow will make his official debut at the Crusaders pre-season tournament on 10 September before playing his first official games on 17 September at Reading in the National Trophy and at home to Hackney on 18 September in the National Cup.