Wolves senior men have strengthened their squad with addition of GB guard Evan Walshe.
The 22-year-old came through the Oaklands' academy, and spent his final year as a junior also playing for Wolves' predecessors, Essex Leopards before going to the States where he played four years at Barry University. His final year as an academy player at Oaklands saw Walshe named in the first team of the Elite Academy Basketball League, averaging 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.7 steals per game.
Walshe earned a call up to represent Great Britain at U20s in 2018 where he averaged 4.2 points per game in the European Championships.
A regular starter during his college career, Walshe played over 100 games for the NCAA D2 powerhouse, in which he helped the Miami based college earn two SSC regular season championships in 2017 and 2018, and a NCAA Elite 8 finish in 2018. In his last two seasons the all round guard averaged just under 10ppg, 2rpg and 2.1apg shooting just under 40% from behind the arch.
Head coach Thomas Baker is delighted to bring Walshe back to Oaklands:“Adding Evan to our team is fantastic for us" he said. "He has come back from his time in Barry in excellent shape and it is clear to see how he has developed during his time there. It is another statement as to what this programme is about, adding a standout Wolfpack Alumni member to the team, we are excited to support him in his journey to start his pro career, which we all know will go from strength to strength. We want to provide a platform for British talent in this league and support their long term ambitions in the game.” Walshe is equally pleased to be back with the club: “It great being back at Oaklands, it feels like home. I'm excited to get back on the court after such a difficult period during these uncertain times, I can’t wait to leave it all out there on the floor for this program as they make the step up to the division 1 NBL level.”
Catch Evan and the D1 Men in action today at 6pm live on the Basketball England YouTube channel as they take on Thames Valley Cavaliers.