IT has taken four months, but Worcester Wolves finally have what they hope is the last piece of their jigsaw.
Sherrad Prezzie-Blue, the player head coach Paul James built his team around, was supposed to have been at the University of Worcester in August ahead of the British Basketball League season.
However, the point guard’s arrival from the United States became increasingly bogged down in the red tape of visa applications and was even delayed by Sup-erstorm Sandy when it hit Amer-ica’s east coast.
It seemed as though Wolves were destined to be without their playmaker.
All that changed last weekend, however, as Prezzie-Blue’s paperwork was finally completed and he jumped on the next flight out of Connecticut.
Within 24 hours, he had gone from being on the other side of the Atlantic, via Heathrow and the car of James, to playing in Worcester’s 87-65 defeat at Plymouth Raiders.
“It was tough, I had no legs but I just tried to give what I could,” said Prezzie-Blue. “A lot of the fans down there that knew me said I played well and they couldn’t tell I’d got off a plane.”
Despite the delays, Prezzie-Blue never doubted he would pull on the Wolves shirt this term.
“Things happen for a reason so you’ve just got to make the most of the situation,” said the 26-year-old.
“You’ve got to think positive, that’s how I was taught. I just kept my head through the whole thing. I sat and waited and prayed on things and they came through.
“It’s been a long time but the staff here did everything they could and were professional about the situation so I’m just glad to be back.
“I worked out a lot when I was home and played in a lot of leagues and a lot of the plays the Wolves are running now I ran last year so it’s easy to just fit back in.
“I feel like it’s a huge role. I’m the coaches’ eyes on the court so I just try to orchestrate things and put people in situations where they can benefit the team.”
Prezzie-Blue has missed more than a third of the season but there is no doubt the 26-year-old is itching to make up for lost time, starting with tonight’s match against reigning champions Newcastle Eagles at the University of Worcester (7pm). It will be the third meeting between the sides this season, with the Eagles winning 81-73 at home in the BBL and then 107-85 in the BBL Cup.
“I am always excited to play Newcastle – it will be a good game,” said Prezzie-Blue. “Last year, all three of our games were decided by no more than two points.
“They are going to play hard and we’re going to do the same. We’re just trying to stack wins and let the chips fall where they may.”