Manchester Giants have signed 6’8” British forward Clayfell Harris from Leeds Force.

Harris, 30, has spent the past two years with the Force and becomes the first new face added to the Giants roster by new coach Danny Byrne.

Byrne said: “Clayfell is a powerful guy that has gone a bit unnoticed. He does a lot of the dirty work that doesn’t show up on the stats.

“That said, he is more than capable of contributing 15 points and plenty of rebounds in a game. He started last season with a bang and then fell a bit out of favour.

“He was on my radar and then with the changes at Leeds we spoke to him and we’re glad to have him on board.”

Harris hails from south London and played his junior basketball with London Towers, before going to high school in Houston, Texas, followed by prep school in Maine and a college scholarship in New York for four years.

The 2017/18 season will be his seventh as a professional.

He said: “I got the call from Danny and liked the sound of the style of basketball he is wanting to play. I thought I would fit a lot better. Having a coach call you to say that he wants you made it easy in my mind to make the decision to move to Manchester.

“When I had the opportunity last season, I took on more responsibility and I thrived a bit more. I thought in the time I played I made an impact, and I had a decent season.

“Danny has had success with the Giants in Division 4, he is used to success. Now he’s had an upgrade in the calibre of players, hopefully he can apply that same formula to the BBL.”

Harris, who will wear the vest number 20, has already started scrimmaging with several Giants players this summer, ahead of the start of pre-season in the middle of August.

His first appearance in Giants colours will be the pre-season exhibition against USA Select on Sunday September 3.

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