The Manchester Magic have signed 6ft 10in American centre Jonathan Barnes for their 2018-19 NBL Division One season.
The 23-year-old joins the Magic after completing his senior year at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS), having spent the previous three years at the University of Wyoming.
In his senior year at UCCS, he played in 29 games, making 18 starts, averaging 17.2 minutes per game, 6.8 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game and 0.6 blocks per game.
“I am looking forward to being a part of the Manchester Magic family,” said Barnes.
“Basketball has given me the opportunity to travel the world and expand my horizons.
“Manchester is a beautiful city with a rich sports culture that I am excited to be a part of. Go Magic! ”
Magic head coach Aurimas Verbukas is delighted to bringing in Barnes, saying, “Jonathan is a big player that can defend very well.
“We are building a team with defence first in mind and he fits the bill with that philosophy very well.
“At 6ft 10in, he is very agile and mobile which enables him to guard smaller players.
“He is a very well respected character and his coaches and teammates from college speak highly of him.
“We are looking forward to welcoming him to the Manchester community.”
Barnes will help to fill the void left by the departing Lee Goldsbrough and will join fellow American Josh Davenport at the Magic.
“The loss of Lee Goldsbrough, a hugely important player for us, meant we needed a big man to fill his boots,” said club chief executive Phil Gordos.
“In Jonathan, we believe we have found someone who will be a massive presence at both ends of the floor.
“He will also be helping us with our work in schools and our community programme. I think he will be a big hit here, too.
“If any schools would like a visit from 6ft 10in tall American, then give us a call!”
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