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Rohndell Goodwin signs pro contract with Bristol Flyers

Bristol Flyers can confirm the signing of 6ft 5in American guard Rohndell Goodwin on a one-year deal.

The 26-year-old joins the club from Chaminade University of Honolulu, where last season he was third in the Pacific West Conference in scoring at 20.5 points per game on his way to first team all-conference honours.

Goodwin cracked double-digit scoring in all 29 games in 2016/17, scoring over 20 points 17 times, including a career-high 31 points against Hawai’i Pacific in December. Last season he was also among the PacWest leaders in rebounds per game (6.5), three-pointers per game (2.3) and field goal percentage (.469).

"It’s always been a goal of mine to be a professional basketball player,” Goodwin told bristolflyers.co.uk.

 

Credit: Chaminade Athletics

"I’m really looking forward to showing the BBL what I’m all about. I’m a team player and I’m willing to do whatever the team needs me to do."

Rohndell Goodwin

“Everything that I’ve been working for is starting to pay off. It really hasn’t hit me just yet, I feel it will really hit me once I get on the plane and land in Bristol.

During his two-year spell with the Chaminade Silverswords, Goodwin’s career scoring average of 18.4 points per game was third in school history.

Prior to joining Chaminade University of Honolulu, Goodwin attended Cañada College, where he earned Northern California Junior College Player of the Year honours after averaging 17.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

"Coach Kapoulas told me that the Flyers are a team on the rise, and that’s something I really want to be a part of,” he continued.

“The team ended their season really well last year and he told me they want to continue where they left off.

“I believe in trusting in the process, the sky is the limit for this organisation."

Rohndell Goodwin

Goodwin becomes the seventh player to commit to Bristol Flyers for the 2017/18 season, joining Brandon Boggs, Leslee Smith, Mike Vigor, Roy Owen, Daniel Edozie and Adam Weary.

"Rohndell has been a prolific scorer during his college career and helped his team turn things around in a very competitive PacWest Conference,” said Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas.

"He will make an instant impact in our league with his shooting ability as well as his length, defensive tenacity and rebounding presence.

"He is a competitor who wants to win, and we are very excited to welcome him to our programme."

Bristol Flyers can also confirm Hameed Ali and Aaron Cosby will depart the club following the conclusion of their contracts.

Ali featured in all 33 games for the Flyers last season, averaging 16.2 points and 5.5 assists per game, whilst also finishing second in the league in steals.

Following Cosby’s arrival in December, Bristol Flyers went on to win 15 of their next 21 league games to book themselves a place in the BBL play-offs with their highest-ever league finish of seventh.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Hameed and Aaron in the first year of their professional careers,” Kapoulas added.

“They both played a huge role for us last season, and I’d like to thank them for their commitment to the club.

“We wish them both every success in their professional basketball careers.”

The next phase of Bristol Flyers 2017/18 season card sales is now underway – click here to secure your seat for the upcoming BBL campaign.

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Main image credit: Andrew Lee, Hawaii Media