Former MSU Eagle Billy Reader signs with Leicester Riders
Nick Evans, Morehead State Athletics Media Relations
The Leicester Riders of the British Basketball League announced on Tuesday that they have signed former Morehead State Eagle Billy Reader.
Reader, who transferred to Morehead State as a junior after spending time at Montana and The College of Southern Idaho, started 31 games for the Eagles as a senior. He ranked second on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game and averaged 7.5 points. He recorded two double-doubles, including the first round of the OVC Tournament, where he notched 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Southeast Missouri.
Per the official website of the Leicester Riders, Head Coach Rob Paternostro is excited to see Reader on the Riders’ roster.
“We are excited about Billy joining our club and feel like he adds something different to our roster. He has great size to go along with a variety of skills that we thought would help our team,” said Paternostro. “I liked the way he competed in college, playing with energy and passion, and (he) was a player that made an impact in many different ways. He is a guy that is hungry to win and (is) fired up to join the Riders.”
Reader is equally excited to join the Riders.
“Becoming a Rider is a dream come true,” he said. “I have been playing basketball since the age of five, so the day I became a professional basketball player was 18 years in the making. I am also very fortunate that I am coming to a club in such good management. I was really surprised how professional and organized everybody was and how easy the process has been so far of getting me over to England.”
Reader also talked about his time at Morehead State.
“My best experience in college was making bonds with my teammates,” he added. “I played at three different schools and had the great privilege of making best friends at each location. I traveled the United States playing the game I love with teammates that I loved.”
The Leicester Riders open their preseason training camp on August 24 and will face Loughborough University in their first exhibition on August 30.