Former Caledonia Pride American standout, Laken James, is set to return to Scotland following a year spent in Germany, as she signs with Caledonia Gladiators ahead of the franchise’s second season.

Having pursued her studies at both the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, and Edinburgh University, James is no stranger to Scotland’s basketball scene. Her decision to return to the country she once called home marks a blockbuster move for Miguel Ortega’s squad, igniting excitement amongst the organisation. Laken joins former teammate and current Gladiators captain, Erin McGarrachan, as part of the ever-building squad.

During the 21/22 campaign, when she last competed in the Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL), the talented guard left an indelible mark on the league with her exceptional performances. Across 18 domestic games, she made her presence known by averaging an impressive 18.7 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists per game.

James’ remarkable contributions did not go unnoticed, as she earned a well-deserved spot in the all-WBBL Team of the Year, standing alongside Jo Leedham-Warner, Cat Carr, Brooklyn Pannell, and Azania Stewart. Her consistent excellence and dedication to the game have made her a formidable force and a player to be reckoned with in the UK.

Her sensational season earned her a move to Germany, where she became a key player for Eigner Angels Noerdlingen, showcasing her versatility and skillset, leaving opponents in awe on a nightly basis.

In anticipation of her return to Scotland, James expressed her enthusiasm, saying, “I am so excited to be returning to Scotland. I loved my time playing for Pride and now I get the opportunity to be part of this club and their vision to reach greater heights! The Gladiators are on a mission to grow the game in Scotland and I’m honoured to be a part of it. Let’s get to work!”

With Laken James’ presence and remarkable abilities on display, Caledonia Gladiators are poised to elevate their game and create a new legacy in the upcoming season as Miguel Ortega looks to build a name for Scottish basketball in European competition.