Caledonia Gladiators, Scotland’s only professional basketball franchise, is thrilled to announce the addition of British basketball star Patrick Whelan to their squad for the upcoming season. The talented 6’5″ guard, who previously played for Leicester Riders, brings a wealth of experience and exceptional skill to the Gladiators’ ever-growing roster.
Patrick will join the club on a two-year deal. This will keep him in Scotland until the end of the 24/25 campaign.
Whelan’s career has been nothing short of remarkable, making waves both nationally and internationally. As a standout player for Leicester Riders following three years in Spain, he showcased his high-level play style, consistently leaving a mark on the court. With impressive averages last season of 13.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, and 2.8 APG on 45.1% three-point shooting, he deservedly received a spot in the BBL’s All-British Team of the Year.
His international achievements have been equally impressive, representing Great Britain on the national stage on a number of occasions. As he embarks on this new chapter with Caledonia Gladiators, Whelan is eager to bring his talents to Scotland and work under international veteran Gareth Murray.
Gladiators’ Head Coach, Murray, said: “Patrick is an exceptional addition to our team. We are thrilled to have signed such a talented British guard for a two-year contract. His proven track record, both with Leicester and the GB national team, speaks volumes about his skills and dedication. Winning the British Player of the Year in 2022 is a testament to his outstanding abilities.
He continued, “At just 26 years old, Patrick brings a bright future ahead. His exceptional three-point shooting is just the tip of the iceberg. What sets him apart is his well-rounded game and the intangibles he brings to the table. His work ethic, leadership, and experience will undoubtedly have a significant impact on our team’s success.”
Whelan shared his new coach’s enthusiasm, stating, “The opportunity to play for a team with the ambitions of the Caledonia Gladiators is one I’m very excited about. The work they have already put in behind the scenes with the building of the new arenas shows they’re taking the steps to be a big name in the BBL and Europe. I’ve worked with Gareth through the national team windows and rate him very highly as a coach. Looking forward to bringing some more wins up North!”
Whelan becomes the seventh Gladiator to put pen to paper on a deal for the 23/24 campaign. He is only the second new face for Caledonia fans, following on from the recent announcement of American forward, Trent Buttrick.