The two sides have been talking for years, but Ipswich Basketball Club can at last announce the signing of Ryan Wilson.
Wilson, who has played for Sheffield Sharks and Manchester Giants in the BBL this season, joins Ipswich and brings a wealth of basketball experience to Head Coach John Ellis’ young squad.
The 6’5 forward’s versatile offense and physical defense were on display straight away, as he made his debut at Sussex Bears last weekend and made a significant two-way impact as a short-staffed and undersized Ipswich picked up a vital win.
IpswichBasketball.net sat down with Ryan and Coach Ellis to talk about how the signing came about.
IpswichBasketball.net: Ryan, welcome to IBC at last! You’ve been talking to the club on and off for some time now, are you pleased to have made it at last?
Ryan Wilson: It feels great to be here! There were some changes to rules which had prevented me from playing at the time, and I had some other offers to play outside the country to further my basketball career which I had to take at the time, but I’m delighted to be here now.
IB.net: What is your relationship like with Coach Ellis and are you looking forward to working with him?
RW: I’m really excited – Coach Ellis and I are actually pretty close, I’ve been talking with him for a couple of years about my plans and he actually worked me out last summer before I went off into Europe. Coach Ellis and I have been talking for a while about me coming to Ipswich one day, and it’s great to be somewhere that I’m wanted and valued on and off the court.
IB.net: And coach, same question to you – how much are you looking forward to having Ryan on board?
John Ellis: It’s great to finally get Ryan signed and playing where he should be. With his skill set and attitude toward the game he is definitely going to be a valuable asset for us, a genuine game-changer. Coach Drane and I have been talking to Ryan for a couple of years now and I’m pleased to have sealed the deal.
IB.net: How do you expect Ryan to fit in with his new squad, as we are in the middle of the season?
JE: Well it wasn’t a bad start! I think we saw at Sussex that Ryan works hard for the team at both ends, does what I ask of him, and seemed to click well with the guys we had especially given it was his first time on court with them in a game. He is always talking and encouraging his teammates, and will fit in just fine here.
IB.net: Ryan, you’ve travelled quite a lot for basketball in the last two seasons. Are you hoping to be able to put down some roots now in Ipswich?
RW: Yes, of course. I’m extremely happy to be in Ipswich. My wife and I always come back here since we have a flat here on the waterfront. Its good in a sense that all our friends and family are located in the area so they all won’t have to travel hours or out of the country to see me play.
IB.net: What do you hope to achieve with the team this season?
RW: It’s really simple for me. Keep winning games, and get promoted to Division I.
JE: Our first objective is to get to Christmas without dropping another game. Then we’d be at 7-4, and we want to just keep on rolling in 2018.