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Worcester's Harker claims award

Skouson Harker
Skouson Harker enjoyed a highly successful IBL season in Canada

Worcester Wolves' Skouson Harker is hoping to enjoy the benefits of a successful summer in the International Basketball League in Canada.

Harker was named as the All-Star player for July after a series of excellent performances for Edmonton Energy.

"It was a great chance for me to get back into playing mode after three years as player-coach," said Harker.

"I'm excited to get back to Worcester and to learn (new coach Chuck) Evans' system and style of play."

The IBL is an American-based minor league in which semi-professional teams from the USA, Canada, China and Japan compete.

"Playing in Los Angeles was a highlight of the season as they have seven former NBA players on their team," added Harker.

"It was a lot of fun to be on the same court, playing against guys we have watched in the NBA for years.

It is a really exciting time for the club and I am grateful to be part of it

Skouson Harker

"To lose to them in the season opener, and bounce back the next night with a hard-fought win was a great experience."

After three seasons in which he has coached as well as played in the BBL, Harker is clearly looking forward to being able to focus fully on his own game.

"I really feel we have the Wolves pointed in the right direction. It is a really exciting time for the club and I am grateful to be part of it."

Wolves' new coach Chuck Evans was delighted by Harker's success in the IBL.

"Skouson had an impressive season in the IBL and he was able to focus on being a player again," said Evans.

"He has been working hard this summer in preparation for the season and I think the combination of our three non-EU players will give us a dynamic trio."

Chey Christie and Kenny Saunders have both joined the Wolves during the summer, and the club is expected to announce the signing of some British-qualified players before the start of the season.

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