GEORGE Beamon will be a “key” cog in Worcester Wolves’ system this season, according to head coach Paul James.

The American, who can fill in at guard or forward, was the last player to join up with Wolves ahead of the new campaign as visa and work permit issues delayed his arrival.

But James insisted it was worth the wait as he believes Beamon will be a “shining” light for the British Basketball League outfit.

The 26-year-old scored 15 points, secured three rebounds and made three assists in Worcester’s opening-day 88-72 defeat to London Lions.

“He came in late as we started on September 4 and he arrived on September 18 because we had to wait on his work permit and visa,” James said.

“But he was one of the players who had a very good game against London.

“He came off the bench and did exactly what we expected from him. He scored well and played some tough defence.

“He is still finding his feet but in the last week or so he has got better and looks more comfortable with his role and his team-mates.

“He is going to be a key player for us this season.”

Beamon graduated from NCAA Division One Manhattan College in 2014 as the fourth highest scorer in their history.

He caught the eye of NBA Development League team Oklahoma City Blue before transferring to Texas Legends during the 2014/15 season.

The following campaign Beamon played for Plaza Fernando Valerio in the Dominican Republic Santiago League and last term he represented Iceland Dominos League team AK Thor Akureyri.

“I am glad we waited around and got a player of his calibre,” James continued.

“He is a fantastic talent.

“He plays a part at both ends of the floor as well so once he has settled down fully I am really looking forward to see him shining and showing us what he can do.”

With no game last weekend, James said it allowed Beamon and his team-mates more time to get to know each other and work on their games.

Wolves are preparing for Friday’s BBL Cup home clash against Manchester Giants (7.30pm) and their league encounter at Surrey Scorchers on Sunday (2pm).

“There is no substitute for putting in time on the court and getting to learn what your team-mates are about,” James added.

“With every session you can see relationships developing between players.

“It has almost been like a mini pre-season for us and we have just gone back and looked at things we didn’t do too well against London and tried to do those things right.

“As far as competitiveness and the focus in training I can’t fault the guys for what they have been doing.

“It has been great and now we are looking forward to the next two games.”