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Leopards get Howard

PUBLISHED: 12:45 26 August 2013

Howard Crawford has signed for Leopards (Ville Vuorinen)

Howard Crawford has signed for Leopards (Ville Vuorinen)

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Big American joins for new season

Leopards have announced their first import signing of the season with the recruitment of big American Howard Crawford.

The 6’9” forward/centre joins the Big Cats having played for MK Lions in the 2011/12 season alongside player-coach Robert Youngblood.

The 25-year-old averaged 13.2 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Lions, and Youngblood is delighted to add Crawford to his roster.

“I’m really pleased to sign Howard,” he said.

“I know he can be a key player for us this season and he proved to me when we played together at Lions that he has the ability to be a stand-out player in this league.”

After graduating from the University of Alabama where he averaged 12.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in his final season, Crawford had spells in Kuwait and Netherlands before joining the Lions, and had brief stays in Luxembourg and Estonia last season.

Leopards’ fans will have their first chance to see Crawford and his new team-mates on Friday September 6 when Team USA Select visit the Brentwood Centre, tip-off 8pm.

Meanwhile, Leopards’ home National Trophy game against Manchester Magic has been brought forward to Saturday October 5, tip-off 7pm, and will now be played at the Brentwood Centre.

The Big Cats are also in action at Southend Tennis & Leisure Centre the following day when either Barking Abbey or Herts Warriors visit in the National Cup second round, tip-off 5.30pm.


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