Magic sign Richard Bell and Loick Pouale 2018-19

Magic add Pouale and Bell as Davenport is released

The Manchester Magic have announced the signing of form junior Loick Pouale and the return of Richard Bell.

Pouale returns to the Magic after spells at Lancashire Spinners and Leeds Force. He averaged 16.8 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists per game in 21 games for the Spinners in a difficult season in NBL Division One for the Bury based side, who having been relegated hit difficulties and have withdrawn the team from the league this season.

Bell has already suited up for the Magic this season, playing a key role in the National Trophy game against Team Newcastle, the club are delighted to retain his services for the 2018-19 season. In 10 games for the Magic last season Bell averaged 10.8 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game and 1.3 blocks per game.

Magic Head Coach Aurimas Verbukas commented, “I am very happy with signings of Loick and Richard. It is great to see Loick returning after a few years away from his home team and Richard joining us again and will provide much needed size and inside presence.”

The Magic also announced that Joshua Davenport has returned home to the States after an assessment by medical staff showed the extent of a knee injury meant he would be unable to participate for a large part of the season, the player and club agreed it best that he return home to continue his rehabilitation.

Coach Verbukas said, “It is disappointing to see Joshua going as I believed he could be one of the best players in this league. But it is more important he recovers from his injury and that he will be healthy for years to come.”