Caledonia Gladiators can confirm the re-signing of rising young star, Oscar Baldwin, for the 23/24 British Basketball season as he remains a part of Gareth Murray’s growing squad.
Sheffield-native Baldwin re-joins the franchise following the completion of his Master’s Degree at Glasgow Caledonian University last term.
Coming through the ranks at Sheffield Sharks, and studying at Sheffield Hallam University, Oscar grew into a solid centre who has earned valuable British Basketball minutes over the past few campaigns with both Sheffield and Caledonia.
Measuring 6’11”, Oscar showed solid potential in limited minutes with Caledonia in the 22/23 campaign. Averaging 10 minutes a game, he put up 1.2 PPG and 2.8 RPG. Against Manchester Giants away from home, he scored a season-high seven points, including a huge dunk and three-pointer, alongside three rebounds, before leaving the court injured.
‘O’ cameoed in the BBL Trophy-winning gameday squad, having contributed with more minutes in the earlier rounds of the competition. He won his first career Trophy and the franchise’s first in two decades.
Having shared time with the Scottish national league side, Falkirk Fury, last season, Baldwin will now be committed to the Gladiators full-time this season, with the goal of furthering his development at the professional level. The 23-year-old will be able to thrive within a team competing in European competition for the first time in franchise history, working with highly experienced players.
Upon re-signing the centre, Head Coach Gareth Murray said: “Having finished his master’s degree, I am dedicated to supporting Oscar in reaching his full potential by providing resources and guidance. I believe he has the necessary tools to make a career in the league.
He continued: “Oscar will be with us full time, not playing in the national league, as we focus on personalized training, skill development, and working towards his long-term career success. With the aim of earning valuable minutes, we will help him excel and achieve his goals.”
The Sheffield-raised centre joins a growing core of re-signed Gladiators, with plenty more re-signings and fresh faces coming to Scotland for the upcoming 23/24 campaign in the British Basketball League and Basketball Champions League.