JAMELL ANDERSON - Manchester Giants, Leicester Riders | A BBL silverware specialist.
Jamell Anderson, a 6’7 forward from Nottingham. Currently playing for the Manchester Giants. He is a British international and an incredibly decorated player during his time in the BBL. He has also spent time playing in Spain and Australia.
Born in Nottingham, Anderson attended Djanogly City Academy where he began his basketball career winning the regional schools competition three years in a row. Anderson moved to Leicester in 2011 and spent eight seasons with the Riders, winning several championships along the way since joining the club in 2011. He established himself as a defensive specialist in the league – making multiple All-Defensive Teams. He has won every piece of silverware including three BBL Championships, the BBL Play-offs and BBL Cup on two occasions each, and one BBL Trophy. He also competed in the Basketball Champions League and FIBA Europe Cup with Riders in 2018-19.
Anderson has taken success with him wherever he has gone, playing in Spain where he finished second in LEB Silver and reached a Cup Final; and in Australia, where he helped the team to win the QBL Championship for the first time in nearly two decades.
The season has finished. How are you going to be spending your off-season?
Well hopefully representing England and GB. I can only do what's asked of me and hope it's enough to make selection but what an incredible summer it would be if I was selected for both teams. I'm also working out every day and making sure I'm fit and ready for next year!
How was your last season in your words?
I was proud of the efforts by the players and coaching staff but ultimately disappointed we didn't achieve more. Not to cast a negative shadow over what many in Manchester considered a great year and a huge step in the right direction which I completely agree with, I just wanted more for us. I wanted more from myself too so I'll be looking to do more next year!
A GB basketball player, how has your experience been with the national team?
Of course the team can ultimately change every window so I just take each opportunity and embrace my experience with them. I always learn a lot about them and also about myself at each chance I get to suit up. I'm so thankful that I'm able to represent GB at any level from my first selection at U20s to the most recent senior selection. I want to make my country proud when I step on court for them and I'm really working my ass off so I get more chances to do so.
You’re a player who is very decorated in the BBL, what has been your favourite moment?
Winning! I love winning games and trophies but I hate losing more than I love winning so for me all those tough games that I've been a part of where we came up successful are memories that I'll never forget. I would say winning my first trophy in the BBL was sick!