WORCESTER Wolves have recruited their first import player for the 2019-20 British Basketball League season.

Mark Hughes arrives from Wright State Raiders after penning his first professional contract with Wolves and becomes coach Matt Newby’s second signing.

Graduating with a degree in Sports Science, the 6ft 4 guard comes off the back of his senior year of college at Wright State where he averaged 9.23 points, 2.91 assists and 4.26 rebounds.

The 22-year-old was also selected by the United States Basketball Association (USBA) to play for Team USA U22 at an international tournament in China this summer.

Newby said he had been particularly impressed with Hughes’ ability in defence.

“I am really pleased with this signing as Mark is a pedigree player from a pedigree program,” Newby said.

“He has the ability to play a combination of roles on the perimeter and I am excited to see the impact he can have in a Wolves jersey.

“Defensively he was a standout in the Horizon League and a lynchpin of Wright State's defence. “His maturity and discipline are high order character traits which will help him make the transition to the professional game.

“I hope the Wolf Pack will embrace this young man and identify with what he brings to the floor, resilience, toughness and character.”

Hughes was also looking forward to starting his professional career with Worcester.

“I am excited for the opportunity to play for coach Newby and start my professional career with such a great organisation,” Hughes added.

“I am looking forward to playing for the Worcester Wolves and showing the Wolf Pack what I can do.”