Cheshire Phoenix surprised fans this morning by unveiling a new signing, Chicago-born point guard Mike DiNunno.
Coach John Coffino has kept his newest addition under wraps since Tuesday, when DiNunno flew in to the UK, in the hope of taking an advantage into this weekend’s fixtures against two of the BBL’s top sides.
DiNunno, a 24-year-old graduate of NCAA Division One college Eastern Kentucky, played a major role in a record-breaking season during his senior year in college. The 5ft 11ins guard turned out for sides in Bulgaria and Italy last year.
The move to sign DiNunno sees the departure of previous point guard Aleek Pauline from the Nix roster, as Coach Coffino continues to look to strengthen his squad following the acquisition of Taylor King.
Rob Jeffries spoke exclusively to DiNunno, in his first interview since arriving in the UK, and also had the chance to quiz Coach Coffino, Assistant Coach John Lavery and Nix Chairman Andrew Donaldson on the latest piece of the Phoenix puzzle.
In today’s official press release from Cheshire Phoenix, Coffino went on to explain the changes made to his lineup.
“Releasing a player is never an easy thing to do especially when one is such a great person and professional as Aleek is… However we needed a boost at that position and Mike gives us what we are looking for in a point guard.
“He comes from a great programme in Eastern Kentucky and has been well coached by someone I have known a long time in Jeff Neubauer. We are excited to give Mike the opportunity to run this team and continue to take us in the direction we are presently heading.
“I am looking forward to coaching Mike upon his arrival and know the Cheshire fans will welcome him with open arms.”