Richard Bell

Magic land power forward Bell after Giants release

Manchester Magic have signed British power forward Richard Bell following his release by BBL side Manchester Giants.

The 6ft 9in player, 26, joins a Magic squad that is already through to the final of the National Cup later this month as well as the National Trophy semi-finals.

“We have been looking to add some extra size in the squad for some time and Richard just seems like the perfect fit for us,” said Magic head coach Paul Middleton.

“He is a real inside presence and extremely versatile on the perimeter. He poses an outside threat that will make him a difficult match-up for opponents.”

Bell, who played NCAA Division 1 basketball for Nevada University, is currently studying a Masters degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, a key partner of the Magic.

“I’m excited about joining the Magic and I’m very grateful for the opportunity,” he said.

“I know they are a great club that has enjoyed a lot of success over the years and I’m looking forward to helping that continue.”

Magic’s next outing is an away trip to NBL Division One rivals Kent Crusaders on Saturday.

Bell’s debut is likely to be the following weekend, against Hemel Storm in the final of the National Cup.

That game takes place at the University of East London on Sunday, 21 January.