Alex Talpau joins Plymouth Raiders Academy

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Raiders Academy Head Coach Jay Marriott is delighted to welcome small forward, Alex Talpau to the Academy for the 2013/14 season.

Marriott is extremely enthusiastic about Talpau’s future in the Academy. “Alex is such a great addition for us, he impressed me from start to finish. I wanted a little more size at the small forward position and he gives me excactly that. He comes in the same mould as Charlie and Dylan, smooth, a very classy player and the attribute that the team needs most in that position is rebounding. He naturally moves to great positions on the floor. This is a player who was unafraid to show his determination, and when we sat down and spoke he had an unwavering commitment. I loved it”.

Talpau at 6ft 4ins is played as more of an undersized big man in Ireland, which prompted some skepticism from Coach Marriott, who didnt hesitate to contact well respected Connor Gordon of Breakthru Basketball.

Coach Marriott continued: “Connor had been working with Alex individually and I knew he would be able to put me in the picture. My big question – Can Alex move to the small forward position? Without hesitation Connor said that he would indeed be able to play the small forward and that he believes in Alex wholeheartedly. After this, Alex visited us here in Plymouth and I was really impressed with him. Just in pre season alone I can see his development sky rocketing and he will play a huge role for us this year”.

Report: Plymouth Raiders

Alex Talpau was placed by Players1st Sports Management. Check out their website here.



Tony McGaharan

Tony started playing basketball when he was 11, after realising that he couldn’t kick a ball. Enjoying every opportunity to be around the game, Tony has been a player, scorekeeper, referee, coach and MC. In 2009, he coached women's basketball in Sweden for a season with the Umeå Comets (now bought over by Udominate). He then returned home and worked with PeacePlayers International, which uses the game to bring young people together from divided communities. Tony has since taken on a role in Google and has worked in Dublin and Singapore. He is now based out of London, playing for a local London D2 team, the United Nations Basketball Club.

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