Jay Marriott is in no rush to replace Schreiber
Plymouth Raiders head coach Jay Marriott insists he is in no hurry to replace popular centre Andreas Schreiber.
Schreiber left the Westcountry British Basketball League club by mutual consent after Raiders’ 89-73 win at Glasgow on Sunday.
Expectations were high that Marriott would move quickly to replace Schreiber, but the Raiders’ coach said that was not the case.
Schreiber was allowed to go after it became clear that he did not fit into the Raiders’ system of playing.
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However, Marriott said it was one of the hardest decisions he had ever had to make as a basketball coach.
He also revealed that Raiders were looking at the possibility of bringing in two new faces to the club, although that will depend on how much money will be available for player recruitment.
Marriott made it clear he did not intend to make a knee-jerk decision on who to bring in to the club.
The Raiders coach said: “The way we are viewing it is that we are very happy over the performances of the group of players we have over the last few matches.
“There is nothing imminent [in terms of a new signing] and I am not in a rush about it,” he added.
“It is really important that we get the right player, rather than rushing in. It’s fair to say that currently we are exploring options, but we want a player who will fit into what is a well-oiled team at the moment.
“We are looking for a player with a bit of size, but we are being very wise with our money.
“Potentially, we could stretch to even two players as prices have dropped from the start of the season as players are just sitting at home [because they have not yet been signed by a club].”
Marriott and David ‘Doc’ Brock were appointed to run the Devon basketball side after the surprise dismissal of Gavin Love on September 7, just before the regular season opened.
He said: “I am really enjoying the job. We have got a very special group of guys here. They have been very patient throughout.
“Doc and I want to run a certain kind of offence and people don’t understand that something like that’s not going to happen in two weeks.
“But the guys are performing so well, we’re not rushing into any signing.”