SHERRAD Prezzie-Blue could be about to put his visa nightmare behind him and take to the court for Worcester Wolves against Cheshire Jets this weekend.
The point guard, billed by director of basketball Paul James as the team’s cornerstone, has been stuck in America waiting for paperwork to be processed and has missed Wolves’ first 11 games of the British Basketball League season.
Prezzie-Blue’s arrival was further delayed by Superstorm Sandy - the hurricane which battered the east coast of the United States last week and prevented him from completing his passport application in New York.
But he has now submitted that to the authorities and is expected to be able to fly to the UK later this week, putting him in contention for Saturday’s clash against the Jets at the University of Worcester (7pm).
It has been a frustrating couple of months for Wolves without their star player and they have only won half of their 10 Championship matches. However, that wait appears to be nearing an end and James is keen to get Prezzie-Blue on board.
He said: “He’s waiting to get his paperwork back and it usually takes two to three working days. As soon as he’s got it we will get him on the next available flight back.
“As long as he gets his passport back we are hopeful to have him available this weekend.
“He’s had limited training but he’s got the benefit of knowing our system from last season and I am sure he can fit straight in. It will be a big boost for the team.”
James is also looking for a marked improvement from his side after back-to-back defeats over the weekend.
Wolves crashed out of the BBL Cup with a 107-85 quarter-final reverse at Newcastle Eagles last Friday before going down 85-79 at Glasgow Rocks in the Championship last Sunday.
Although their cause was not helped by having to travel back to Worcester in between matches, rather than stay in the north east, James was not pleased with the efforts of his players.
“It was very disappointing, I didn’t feel we competed as I would have liked, we rolled over a bit,” he added, “We have got a lot of work to do very quickly.”