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BBL Standings
 1. Bristol AF 0-0 
 2. Cheshire P. 0-0 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 0-0 
 4. Leeds Force 0-0 
 5. Leicester R. 0-0 
 6. London Lions 0-0 
 7. Manchester G. 0-0 
 8. Newcastle E. 0-0 
 9. Plymouth R. 0-0 
 10. Sheffield S. 0-0 
 11. Surrey S. 0-0 
 12. Worcester W. 0-0 
NBL D1 Standings
 1. Bradford D. 0-0 
 2. Derby T. 0-0 
 3. Hemel Storm 0-0 
 4. Kent C. 0-0 
 5. Lancashire S 0-0 
 6. Leicester W. 0-0 
 7. London Lituanica 0-0 
 8. Loughborough 0-0 
 9. Manchester M. 0-0 
 10. Northumbria 0-0 
 11. Reading R. 0-0 
 12. Solent K. 0-0 
 13. Team Newcastle U. 0-0 
 14. Worthing T. 0-0 
NBL D2 Standings
 1. Birmingham E. 0-0 
 2. Derbyshire A. 0-0 
 3. Essex L. 0-0 
 4. Ipswich T. 0-0 
 5. Liverpool 0-0 
 6. London GP 0-0 
 7. London W. 0-0 
 8. Middlesex LTBC 0-0 
 9. Nottingham H. 0-0 
 10. Sussex B. 0-0 
 11. Thames Valley C. 0-0 
 12. Westminster W. 0-0 
NBL D3 Standings
 1. Birmingham M. 0-0 
 2. Chester 0-0 
 3. Coventry T. 0-0 
 4. Danum E. 0-0 
 5. Loughborough 2 0-0 
 6. Manchester G. 2 0-0 
 7. Myerscough 0-0 
 8. Sheffield S. 2 0-0 
 9. Stoke-on-Trent K. 0-0 
 10. Sunderland 0-0 
 11. Wolverhampton 0-0 
 12. Worcester W.2 0-0 
 1. Cardiff City 0-0 
 2. Cardiff MA 0-0 
 3. East London 0-0 
 4. Essex B. 0-0 
 5. Greenwich T. 0-0 
 6. London Pride 0-0 
 7. Northants T. 0-0 
 8. Oxford 0-0 
 9. Solent II 0-0 
 10. Swindon 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 21
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.21.0 
 2. Fletcher, Newcastl.20.8 
 3. Sanders, Leeds F.19.3 
 4. Dixon, Plymouth R.18.9 
 5. Hassan, London L.18.6 
 6. Brown, Cheshire P.18.3 
 7. Grady, Plymouth R.18.2 
 8. Walker, Worceste.18.0 
 9. Parks, Newcastl.17.5 
 10. Cosby, Bristol AF17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice WALKER
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Walker, Worceste.9.5 
 2. Wroblicky, Sheffiel.8.8 
 3. Hassan, London L.8.5 
 4. Marsden, Leeds F.8.3 
 5. Brown, Cheshire P.8.1 
 6. Williams, Surrey S.8.0 
 7. Achara, Glasgow .7.9 
 8. King, Leicester R.7.8 
 9. Rollins, Surrey S.7.7 
 10. Grady, Plymouth R.7.7 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Fletcher, Newcastl.6.7 
 2. Taylor, London L.6.2 
 3. Klassen, Worceste.6.2 
 4. Wilcher, Cheshire P.6.0 
 5. Clark, Leicester R.5.8 
 6. Davis, Sheffield S.5.6 
 7. Ali, Bristol AF5.6 
 8. Carter, Plymouth.5.3 
 9. DiNunno, Cheshire.5.2 
 10. Sandoval, Leeds F.4.9 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.9
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.2.9 
 2. Taylor, London L.2.1 
 3. Ali, Bristol AF2.1 
 4. Nicholas, Plymouth R.2.1 
 5. Carter, Plymouth.2.1 
 6. Sandoval, Leeds F.1.9 
 7. Neighbour, Surrey S.1.9 
 8. Anderson, Cheshire.1.9 
 9. Bernardini, Leiceste.1.8 
 10. Kennedy, Worceste.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kieron ACHARA
  Glasgow .
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Achara, Glasgow .1.8 
 2. May-Thompson, Cheshire.1.5 
 3. Webster, Manchest.1.4 
 4. Martin, Newcastl.1.1 
 5. Allen-Jordan, Cheshire.0.9 
 6. Grady, Plymouth R.0.9 
 7. Thomas, Glasgow .0.9 
 8. Smith, Bristol AF0.9 
 9. Dixon, Plymouth R.0.9 
 10. Brown, Cheshire P.0.8 

First Round Schedule
London Lions 58% Oct.1 Surrey S.
Glasgow Rock 60% Oct.1 Sheffield S
Bristol AF 61% Sep.30 Plymouth R.
Leeds Force 59% Sep.29 Newcastle E
Manchester G 56% Sep.29 Leicester R
Sheffield S 57% Sep.29 Surrey S.
Worcester W 55% Sep.29 London Lions
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First Round Schedule
Team Newcast 57% Oct.8 Reading R.
Northumbria 58% Oct.8 Solent K.
Worthing T. 55% Oct.7 Leicester W
Manchester M 55% Oct.7 Kent C.
Hemel Storm 59% Oct.7 London Litua
Bradford D. 61% Oct.7 Loughborough
Derby T. 59% Oct.7 Lancashire S
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Hardworking Hassan Aims High - Aug 14, 2013

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After a superb season last campaign, many are wondering how and if the Leicester Riders can repeat or even better the success they had last season. Certainly Coach Rob Paternostro and the backroom staff at Riders have built a formidable programme that looks well set to challenge for BBL honours for sometime to come.

However, basketball is a fluid sport, always moving, always changing and to continue to be successful you have to look forward and not back. Riders are very much aware of this and whilst they have looked and managed to retain much of last season's squad they have some new faces and rookie professionals flying in to defend their cause.

One of these is Savannah State graduate Rashad Hassan (203-F-89, college: Savannah St.), a young man that had a stellar career with The Tigers averaging double figures in points and over 5 rebs per game throughout his time in Georgia, leading his team to a Conference Championship in 2012.

Hassan spoke with EuroBasket ahead of his arrival in England where he will celebrate his 24th birthday shortly before The BBL season opens in earnest and outlined his feelings and hopes for his first season as a basketball professional.

Hi Rashad and welcome To The British Basketball League. How much do you know about the league?

I don't know too much about The League but I do know it's competitive and it's a league I'm looking forward to playing in as a rookie professional.

How did you find out about Leicester's interest in signing you?

"Coach Paternostro gave me a call and told me he really liked my game and that they wanted me to be a part of their team. He let me know about the team's success and what kind of team I would play for and that had a big impact on signing with them."

How quickly did you make your mind up to sign?

"It didn't take long. I made my mind up a week after talking to Coach Paternostro and I was satisfied with my decision and now I can't wait to get started."

Have you spoken with Coach Paternostro?

"Yeah I have. He seems to be a very enthusiastic coach and I can't wait to play in his system. I plan on repeating what they did last season."

Are you aware of how successful Leicester were last season?

"I am and I feel like the team has great chemistry and plays the style of basketball I like to play. I plan on meshing with my teammates and continuing the team's success."

Do you think it puts extra pressure on you joining such a successful team and raises expectations?

"I don't feel any pressure at all. I feel my team is capable of winning everything again this year as long as we work hard and play together. I know the expectations are raised from last season but that just means more fan support and we'll have to give it our all every night."

Hassan lists Phoenix Suns as his favourite NBA Team and Kevin Garnett as the player hed most like to meet. Its clear that he loves basketball and is indebted to his mother for the support she has given him to help him achieve his dream of being a professional basketball player.

"Its something I've wanted ever since the age of 6. I've always had a strong passion for basketball and my Mom, Rodiste Dearing, has always been there for me, driving me on and has had a huge influence on my career. Competing at a high level is something I've always wanted to do and I'm thankful for the opportunity the Riders have given me."

On a personal level you had a good senior season at Savannah State and made the All-Conference 2nd team. However, you were widely tipped to be Conference Player of the Year so how did you feel the season went?

"I think the season went well. We had another winning season and were invited to our second straight post season tournament. The team didn't do as well as we did my junior year but I still think it was a good year overall. And as far as personal success I'm happy with the way I played. I gave it my all every night and sacrificed a lot for the team."

Your team were the tip to be Conference Champions but ended up in 4th place and losing in the Conference Championships in the quarter-finals. Was this a disappointment for you?

"It was kind of a disappointment but this year's team was not the same team that won the Conference Championship in 2012. We had a lot of newcomers but I feel we made the most of the situation."

What was it like to play in the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference and at Savannah State?

"It was a good experience overall. There's a lot of talented players in the MEAC. Playing at Savannah State was a great experience and I'll miss playing there. My college experience was filled with a lot of fun memories that I'll never forget. I really enjoyed myself at SSU on and off court."

What would you say are your best basketball attributes?

"I would say my IQ and versatility."

What are you hoping you can bring to Leicester Riders?

"I just want to add on to the success they had last year. I'll do whatever it takes to win and I plan on being a reliable teammate."

Have you a message for the Leicester fans?

"Get ready for another exciting season. I see a lot of wins in the future."

Its clear that Hassan has the hunger for success and brings with him a sense of being a hard working player that will do everything he can to make his team better. Coach Paternostro has a great reputation when it comes to recruiting and his latest rookie forward looks like another exciting prospect that British basketball fans will enjoy watching.  

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