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Gorman to play ball for English pro club


Watertown's Matt Gorman has moved to England to continue his professional basketball career.

After playing for a season in Ireland, the former Watertown High School and Syracuse University player has signed to play with the Sheffield Sharks in the British Basketball League.

Last season, Gorman averaged nearly 24 points and 12 rebounds while playing for the Neptune Cork in the Irish SuperLeague. The 6-foot-9, 235-pounder helped the Cork to the league semifinals.

"My old Irish coach hooked me up with this team," said Gorman from Syracuse, where he has been working out the last week and a half with the current Orange squad plus former SU and current NBA players Jason Hart and Demetris Nichols. "It appears to be a much more competitive league, so it's a nice step up."

Gorman is waiting on his visa so he can head to Sheffield and begin preseason workouts. Sheffield begins play in the BBL Premier League the first week in October. The Premier League consists of 12 teams.

Sheffield finished 19-18 a year ago, losing in the first round of the BBL Playoffs.

"Matt played in the shadow of some great players in college," said Sharks first-year player-coach Atiba Lyons said on the team's Web site.

Gorman said he's stayed in good shape this summer and is anxious to get back on the court.

"I don't know much about Sheffield except that it's an old manufacturing town about two hours north of London and 30 miles east of Manchester," Gorman said.

Sheffield, in the borough of South Yorkshire, has a population of 530, 000. It is one of the eight largest cities in England. With over two million trees, Sheffield has more trees per person than any other city in Europe.

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