WORCESTER Wolves have swooped for their first new signing of the summer with American rookie Brandon Parrish penning his maiden professional contract.

Parrish joins the British Basketball League outfit for the upcoming 2017-18 season after a successful campaign at Texas Christian University (TCU).

He was part of the team who were crowned 2017 National Invitational Tournament (NIT) champions and made the final of the Big 12 Conference, upsetting nationally-ranked Kansas in the process.

The 22-year-old is a 6ft 6ins versatile forward-guard with a reputation as a quality three-point shooter who also uses his size and athleticism to get to the basket to score.

He will also be valuable as a key defensive stopper which was demonstrated last season while frustrating a number of recently-drafted NBA draft picks.

Parrish played at TCU for four years and in 37 matches last season recorded 5.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Wolves director of basketball Dale Ryan said: “Brandon comes to the club highly recommended by TCU associate head coach David Patrick.

“Not only was he a significant contributor to their national title-winning programme but he was also held in very high regard for the contribution he made to the university and community during his time at TCU.

“We are excited about what he will bring to the Wolves programme and hope his championship-winning success is replicated in the BBL.”

Parrish will join returning point guard Ashton Khan for the 2017-18 season which starts at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday, September 29, against London Lions.