His heroics helped ensure the Newcastle Eagles missed out on
the BBL Play-offs last season as he suited up for the Plymouth City Patriots
and condemned the Tyneside club to a ninth-placed finish, but now Rowell
Graham-Bell is keen to bring glory back to the north-east as he gets set for a
new season with his new team.
The first signing confirmed of the Marc Steutel era earlier
in the summer, Graham-Bell is a high-energy British talent who brings it on both
ends of the floor, and we caught up with him ahead of the new season to learn
his thoughts on the team’s hopes for the new campaign.
“I feel like this team is full of absolute dogs, and that is
what Coach has tried to build here.” Graham-Bell said.
“It is a very different team from what was here last season,
especially, but we have some great talent and great energy in this group and I
can’t wait to take on the rest of the league and show them what we can do.
“It is funny how basketball goes because my last regular
season game for Plymouth was obviously a very big deal as we denied Newcastle
from reaching the play-offs for the first time in many years, so that did cross
my mind when I signed here, but I’m excited to do everything I can to help this
team get back where they belong.
“I’m going to bring high energy, as I always do, and intensity to the floor. As much as I’m a fun guy away from the court, as soon as I cross that line I only want to win, and I hope everybody brings that same energy. We’re happy to be the team that nobody likes, that nobody wants to play against, we just want to win and bring some success to this club.”
“This is a team built in his identity.”
Heralded as a new era at Newcastle with the team completely
rebooted and a new Head Coach in situ, Marc Steutel is one of the most highly-rated
young coaches in British Basketball and fans are rightly eager to see what the Great
Britain Men’s Assistant Coach can do at BBL level.
For Graham-Bell, who played for Steutel at Junior National
Team level in the past, it was a no-brainer to reunite with his former coach as
he gave a glowing appraisal of the new Eagles play-caller.
“I worked with Coach at GB Under-20s and we got to know each
other’s personalities really well during that time. He’s just somebody that I
naturally formed a good relationship with and we’ve stayed in regular contact
“It was an easy decision to come and join him…