Will Saunders

Will has played a key role in GB’s senior international programme with appearances in EuroBasket and World Cup qualifiers.

From: http://www.bbl.org.uk/giants-sign-gb-international-will-saunders/

His latest achievement is to be signed by Manchester Giants having just played in the British Basketball League lifting the BBL Trophy with Newcastle Eagles in March 2020, following a career spanning high levels in Italy, Spain, and Iceland.

The 6’7″ Londoner brings great experience to Manchester and has featured regularly for the national team during World Cup and EuroBasket Qualifiers in the last five years. His standout game was in 2016 when he produced an impactful eight points and seven rebounds in just nine minutes to break open what ended in a 95-72 victory over Luxembourg at the Copper Box Arena, playing alongside former NBA star Ben Gordon, and helping GB to qualify for EuroBasket 2017.

He won the BBL Trophy with Newcastle, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds in 25 minutes during their narrow overtime defeat of Solent Kestrels at the Emirates Arena; and he also scored six points in the semi-final as they came from behind to knock Cheshire Phoenix out by one point on aggregate.

In 2018-19 he played for Valur in Reykjavik, Iceland, averaging 10 points, six rebounds, and two assists per game; and that was the last in a number of overseas stops that also included a season in Italy’s highly competitive Serie A2, where he averaged seven points and four rebounds per game for Novipiu Casale Monferrato.

Saunders moved from the UK to the US as a 17-year-old to complete High School, and a successful college career followed as he averaged 12 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes per game over two seasons at Charleston Southern, being named to the All-Big South Conference 2nd Team in his senior year. He left with the third highest number of three-pointers made (95) in a single season in the school’s history, and seventh all-time in three-point percentage (40.6%).

See Will in action in this YouTube compilation