The next step in Jerome Narcisse’s basketball journey is landing him in England.
The West Bay native recently signed on with the Tees Valley Mohawks in division one of the English Basketball League. Narcisse, 26, will now join forces with fellow Cayman star Jorge “Steamy” Ebanks, 27.
Narcisse, listed at 6 feet, 5 inches, states he spoke with Mohawks head coach Steve Butler and is excited to see playing time in the guard and forward positions.
“I’m looking forward to playing for the Mohawks this upcoming season,” Narcisse said. “With their success last season, I’m looking to add more dynamics and versatility to the team so we can take the next step in winning a championship. I’ve spoken to Coach Butler and I’m looking forward to learning his offensive plays and defensive strategies to help us win as many games as possible.”
Narcisse is coming off a stellar performance in division one of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association National Men’s League. A veteran of numerous local campaigns, he was second in scoring, averaging 25.3 points per game, along with 7.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest.
The former Hesser College star propelled his Dominos Warriors, who won a local title in 2011, to the second seed in the regular season before the side was swept by the Esso Blazers in the league finals. For Kevin Maxwell and the Blazers, it is their second straight championship after another finals sweep of Narcisse and company.
In England, Narcisse joins a Middlesbrough-based club that competed in the National Trophy final, finished fifth out of 14 teams with a 16-10 record and advanced to the league playoffs. The Mohawks had a potent offence with a league-best 2,231 points scored but their defence allowed a league-worst 2,141 points.
Coach Butler states Narcisse is one of the key players the squad hopes to build around next season.
“Signing Jerome was very important in my plans,” Butler said. “After speaking to Tony Hanson and Jorge Ebanks and hearing great things about him, I felt we needed to get his signature for the club as soon as possible.
“He can play in various positions, he is a great rebounder and a scorer and I feel he will fit into our squad perfectly next season. We are recruiting a strong squad for next season but it was important to get Jerome signed up early. I’m really looking forward to working with Jerome and the other players as hopefully there will be a few more new faces by the time the season starts.”
Butler has an appreciation of Cayman talent through the exploits of Ebanks, the Mohawks captain. The George Town native was recently named the Guard of the Year by Eurobasket.com, an independent web site that covers pro and semi-pro leagues around the globe. Ebanks, listed at 6 feet, 1 inch, led the league in scoring as he averaged over 21 points per game.
Ebanks inked a one-year deal last summer and Tees Valley are slated to make several signings during the offseason. The Mohawks will play preseason contests against the likes of the Birmingham Knights in the coming months before their season kicks off in October.