Manchester Giants have signed “Mr Basketball” Mark Rangeley ahead of the new BBL season.
Rangeley, 26, joins from Lancashire Spinners and runs a successful coaching business under the “Mr Basketball” brand alongside his playing commitments and he now has his first shot at the BBL.
The 6’6 guard can play in the 2-3-4 positions and will add shooting prowess to coach Danny Byrne’s roster for the new campaign.
Born in Tameside, Rangeley played under Byrne during his time at Spinners so the two know each other well.
Rangeley said: “I’ve had offers from the BBL before but it’s always been further away from home and I didn’t want to up and leave my friends and family, and business.
“I’ve known Danny for a few years and we started talking at the end of the season and it felt like the right time.
“Everyone kept saying I should give it a shot in the BBL and I’m definitely looking forward to it.
“I know Callum (Jones) quite well and he says I’ll do better than I expect. I’m interested to see how it goes.
“I’m a pretty tall guard, my main strength is shooting, but I’m athletic and I can get to the ring. I’m a useful player because of my height so can play across a few positions.”
Rangeley went to USA and studied at Iowa Lakes College before returning to the UK with Huddersfield Heat in 2012, helping them earn promotion from Division 3 to Division 1.
He then moved on to Rossendale Raptors in 2014, and the club subsequently rebranded to Lancashire Spinners.
Last season, Rangeley averaged 15 points per game for Spinners in Division 1.
Giants head coach Danny Byrne said: “I’m really pleased to be able to give Mark this opportunity and I feel like he is going to surprise a few teams.
“I’ve known him for a few years and have coached him before, we’ve always done a lot of work together in the summer and this year with me taking over at the Giants we had a conversation and said let’s give it a shot.
“He’s had a few successful seasons and posted good stats in Division 1 which isn’t a bad level and it was the prime opportunity to give him a go at BBL
“He knows how I coach, I know how he plays and I really do have a strong feeling that he will push for a starting five slot at some point in the season.
“He already knows Callum and Clayfell and a few of the guys, so we’ve already got that chemistry starting to develop within the team.”
Rangeley is the second new face to join the Giants roster this summer, following the arrival of forward Clayfell Harris from Leeds.