City Patriots have very quickly become a team on the up. Even though their
record of 1-3 at the time of writing (October 7th), isn’t one of the
best in the British Basketball League, their fortunes have certainly been changing.
first loss in the season, an 82-65 loss to the Bristol Flyers, the Patriots have
beat the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks and narrowly lost to the Manchester Giants
and Leicester Riders.
team is certainly getting thrown in the spotlight, and right at the front of
it, is the quickly rising star in Mason Faulkner.
Mason Faulkner is currently at the start of his professional career in
Basketball. After spending five years in several different colleges in the USA,
such as Northern Kentucky, Western California, Colorado, and Louisville,
Faulkner was ready to start his professional journey.
helped me a lot. My coach at Northern Kentucky, John Brannen, always told us to
get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
got used to being outside of my comfort zone.”
some of the biggest colleges in the United States, especially the University of
Louisville, Faulkner has had to get used to playing against some of the best
talents the world has to offer.
seeing himself matched up against the likes of De’Aaron Fox, Paolo Banchero,
and Bam Adebayo, Faulkner believes this experience makes him a stronger player
different teams, the different levels, it’s made the transition to being a pro
much better. I’ve played against some of the top guys in the NBA and overseas,
and even though those guys are crazy, it’s helped my transition for sure.”
Mason Faulkner is your Player of the Game for the @PlymCityPatriot
Faulkner came up big to help the Patriots secure their first W of the season🔥
— British Basketball League (@britishbasketm) October 1, 2023
point guard has been setting the British Basketball League on fire with his recent
Through his first three games, Mason Faulkner has averaged 21.3 points per game on incredible efficiency of 53% from the field and 48% from the three-point line with four threes made per game. However, Faulkner praises his playmaking skills the most, something he’s looking forward to displaying for Plymouth.
love to average 10 assists per game. I’d love to do other stuff than just score.
The scoring ability has been there for me and the team when we needed it. But I’m
a point guard.
the team to hand me the keys on offence and to have everything on my shoulders.”
Faulkner is a dynamic scoring guard, his mentor is one of the NBA’s best
rebounders over the past 20 years who wasn’t known for his playmaking.
mentor has been Kenneth Faried. He’s playing overseas right now, but he’s
helped me a lot and having someone like him that has done what I’m trying to do
and where I’m trying to go, it’s definitely helped me in my career.”
currently plays for Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Puerto Rican basketball
league. The former Denver Nugget sponsors Team Manimal, an AAU team based in
Kentucky that Faulkner played for.
watching Mason Faulkner, you can tell he’s the prototype of a modern guard. With
his ability to shoot from everywhere on the floor, sharpshooting abilities, and
distinct playmaking, you can tell Faulkner has been inspired by the likes of
Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry, and Kyrie Irving.
agreed that if he could play with any player in the world, it would be Damian
Lillard or Kyrie Irving.
love to play with Kyrie or Lillard. They play their own game, and it’s like you
can tell they’ve mastered how to turn the game and control the pace. But I
would want to learn from them and watch them more.”
speaking to Faulkner, you can tell he is only hungry to improve and stay grounded.
Instead of choosing lofty expectations, Faulkner set the goals of improving the
record of the Patriots and making a mark for the organisation.
of Faulkner was shown when he chose the Patriots as the team to start his
professional career at.
agent laid out on the table a great opportunity for me. It’s a great league, it’s
a great coach at the Patriots, and the team has made our lives easier.
“The hospitality by the Patriots has been off the charts. They’ve shown us around and made sure everything is okay with us. It’s really made the transition from America not what I expected, and I haven’t had any complaints at all.”
Faulkner is a star on the rise, and the Plymouth City Patriots will be hoping
that the young American guard can turn their hopes around going forward in the
British Basketball League.
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