Wolves have added two exciting youngsters to their roster as they get ready for their first season in NBL Division One.
Toby Gastaldi-Davies and Ahmed Ketiri both came through the Oaklands academy and played for Wolves' predecessors, Leopards, in the top flight last season.
Point guard Gastaldi-Davies averaged 4.7 points per game in limited minutes for the Big Cats, and played a big role in the key win against Westminster Warriors with 11 points and four rebounds, and he also scored 11 points as Leopards put up a good performance against an all-conquering Solent Kestrels side.
"Toby is a prime example of everything that Oaklands stands for" said coach Thomas Baker. "Having come into the Oaklands set up at under-16s from West Herts Warriors, he has matured into a young man with great potential. This year he will see himself take on a more senior role in the team even at a young age and it is exciting to see him continue to develop both on and off the court. The future is bright for Toby and we are glad to have as part of the Wolfpack this season."
Gastaldi-Davies is excited to continue his basketball career with the Wolves: "Having played for Oaklands for the last 4 years, it is good to be part of a D1 men’s team here" he said. "I look forward to repping the Wolfpack again & hopefully doing some damage in the league."
Ketiri found getting into the Leopards' team tough last season, averaging two points and 1.3 rebounds in just over four minutes, but Baker was impressed with his attitude: "Ahmed has gone about his development the right way" he said. "He has been patient for the opportunity and he has already progressed his skillset from last year and is showing a high rate of learning. It will be exciting to continue to see him develop this season."
The forward-centre will look to repeat his performance against Solent last season where he scored ten points and pulled down five rebounds in 17 minutes, and he's looking forward to joining up with the Wolves: "I’m very happy to be part of the new Oaklands men’s team and I’m looking forward to be playing with my new teammates and make the most out of this opportunity."