We are pleased to announce the return of fan favourite, Princeton ‘Prince’ Onwas, for the 2023/24 BBL season, following a successful first campaign in the UK which saw his side win the BBL Trophy thanks to his all-important pass to David Sloan for the game-winner.

Onwas, a Texas native, is a veteran of the professional game. Last year, he added his experience to the roster, which includes time in Australia, the NBA G-League, Germany and Spain, assisting the squad as a leader to a successful debut campaign under their new name – a respectable fourth-place finish in the league’s Championship, and a Trophy win – their first silverware in 20 years.

The 28-year-old, a 6’6″ forward, was a key name in the first 5 for the majority of the 22/23 season, starting 29 out of 36 games in league competition. He was often described as a “glue player” by many across the league. Most memorably, he made the all-important pass leading the team to victory in the BBL Trophy Final, assisting David Sloan with a pass to the corner for the game-winning three-pointer.

He contributed evenly across all aspects of the game, proving himself to be one of the top defenders in the league, being named to the league’s All-Defensive team. Also, he was highly respected by Gareth Murray and assistant coach Darryl Wood, who voted for him as the team’s ‘Coaches Player of the Year’.

Statistically, Onwas proved his on-court value plenty, averaging 10.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2 assists per game in just under 30 minutes of action across the Championship season.

After putting pen to paper for a new one-year deal, with the option of a further one, Prince said: “I’m excited to be back, as well as take on more challenges and responsibilities. I’m looking forward to seeing my teammates again and also meeting new ones. I’m extremely excited for the new arena to be built and for the club to push to win more trophies!”

Head coach Gareth Murray remains optimistic about the continuation of Onwas’ time at the club. He added: “Prince was a key player for our team last year. He consistently delivered strong defense and had a winning mentality day in and day out. When the team needed someone to step up and score, he had the ability to light up the scoreboard. With experience playing in different leagues, Prince brings a well-rounded skill set. What sets him apart is his selflessness and his focus on the success of his teammates.”

Prince joins the Scottish core already committed their future to the Gladiators: Kyle Jimenez, Jonny Bunyan, and Fraser Malcolm.