Commonwealth Games veteran and British Basketball League Trophy winner Kyle Jimenez is the first of the Caledonia Gladiators‘ Scottish core to commit themselves to the club for next season – penning a new two-year deal with Gareth Murray’s side.
Prior to his first season with Caledonia, Jimenez proved himself in England’s NBL Division One, with Loughborough Riders. The Edinburgh native starred for Scotland as one of a quartet of Gladiators chosen to represent Scotland at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in 3×3 Basketball.
As the 2022/23 domestic season progressed, Jimenez proved to be an essential part of Gareth Murray’s rotation. Averaging just over 15 minutes a game, he shot over 45% from beyond the 3-point line and was noted by many as one of the best young shooters and passers in the league. Jimenez also showed defensive prowess and hustle every night, making him a valuable asset.
Upon re-signing for the Trophy champions, Kyle Jimenez said:
“I’m really happy to be back on a new two-year extension and to be a part of the club at this point with the exciting news of coming into Europe. It’s exciting for basketball within Scotland and the league as a whole. We want to be competitive in all competitions and bring home as much silverware as possible.”
Head Coach, Gareth Murray, added:
“Kyle, a product of the Edinburgh Kings, impressed last year, showing he can compete at a high level. The team is investing in him for two years to develop his skills and give him a chance to prove himself with a more experienced team in European competition. He plays hard, pressures guards, and creates scoring opportunities for teammates. This opportunity will help him become a better player and make an impact on a larger stage.”
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