Basketball: Sharpshooter Kyle excited about joining Sharks family

Sharks guard Kyle Odister
Sharks guard Kyle Odister

Sheffield Sharks have added to their roster for the new season with the signing of shooting guard Kyle Odister.

Odister is a graduate from the west coast of America Division One college California State Polytechnic. The 6’0 shooter will also join the Sharks as a back up point guard to Jerrold Brooks.

The Californian joins the team as a national player holding a British passport and has also decided to complete his Masters degree at Sheffield Hallam University where he will also compete in BUCS competition.

Odister said he was looking forward to becoming part of the Sharks family and meeting British-based relatives: “I am excited to live in England and join the Sharks. I have heard nothing but great things about the community and family of the Sharks organisation.

“My grandma was born and raised in the UK and my mother was born in England and moved to the States in her teen years. I still have family in the UK which I have only met once since I was raised in the States. So, the chance for me to play in the UK is a great opportunity for my family to bond and see me play.

“Having already made the visit to Sheffield, I know something of what to expect. I am really excited to play along side some of the remaining players and I’m looking forward to being part of a new team, so far it’s looking like a tough side and the focus is most definitely on silverware.”

Sharks coach Atiba Lyons said: “We have been talking to Kyle for some time and in fact he made the journey to Sheffield last season with his folks to see what we are all about.

“We obviously made a good impression and we are excited to have him here for the next couple of seasons, I think he will be an incredible impact player and will have a great future.”

Odister is the sixth signing of Sharks summer after Brooks, Mike Tuck, Patrick Horstmann, Mike Cook and Colin Sing.

The Sharks continue to plan for the preseason with fixtures against Manchester Giants and Leeds Force set for early September.