New season a leap into unknown for Wolves

New season a leap into unknown for Wolves

New season a leap into unknown for Wolves

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UNLIKE some sports, continuity from season to season does not seem to exist basketball.

It certainly doesn’t at Worcester Wolves, who have so far drafted no less than five new players into their squad.

Despite trying to keep hold of their star players this summer, Wolves have seen both Zaire Taylor and Will Creekmore leave the University Arena club, the former to a British Basketball League rival.

As a result, director of basketball Paul James has been left with a bigger rebuilding job than he probably anticipated and ideally would have liked.

For that reason, it is virtually impossible to know how Wolves will fare once the new season tips off at the end of next month.

Their track record last term will rightly put them among the favourites to do well again but the overhaul in personnel makes that assumption less secure than it might have been.

It is a shame that Wolves have had to make so many changes following the most successful season in their history.

There are reasons why that has been the case – principally financial – but the idea following their Glasgow and Wembley triumphs was to build not re-build.

In James, they have a head coach who knows his stuff and, just because the new players are not household names in basketball circles, does not mean they won’t be successful.

He has unearthed some gems in the past and could well have done so again.

Creekmore was a relative unknown on these shores 12 months ago and he didn’t exactly do too badly.

How much Wolves will miss him and Taylor remains to be seen.

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