Worcester Wolves’ summer rebuilding process has started, after the club announced the signing of 6’7″ Spanish forward Javier Mugica.
32 year-old Mugica has played most of his basketball in Spain’s highly-rated LEB Gold division, and has developed very impressive game statistics in what is one of Europe’s most competitive leagues.
Wolves recently announced that, of last season’s squad, only Disraeli Lufadeju would be returning for the forthcoming campaign, and Mugica is the first new name to be added to the roster.
The club’s Head Coach, Paul James, said: “I’m delighted to have signed Javi for the coming season. He is a player that can play in multiple positions and has a high basketball IQ.
“His experience of playing at a high level in Spain is going to be great for the team and I’m sure his going to an exciting player for us.”
Mugica added: “I am excited to be playing for Worcester this season. I have learned a great deal about the club from basketball people in my country, and all the information has been very positive.
“I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and getting started.”
Last season Mugica played for Forca Lleida as they made the play-offs in the LEB Gold division. He averaged ten points, eight rebounds and three assists a game, securing a series of MVP game performances.
Wolves Wolves Managing Director, Mick Donovan, says that the University of Worcester’s partnership with the University of Leon, in Spain, played a big part in helping to secure Mugica’s signing.
“We first heard about Javi during one of our trips to Leon and he has been highly recommended by people who know the game and whom we trust,” Mr Donovan explains.
“He has flown over twice to the UK to meet with the coach, see the facilities and meet the people within the club which speaks volumes about his commitment.”
Dr Alejandro Vaquera, visiting academic at the University of Worcester and Director of Sport at the University of Leon, is convinced that Mugica will be a success in the BBL.
“Javi is a good person who will engage perfectly with the University of Worcester and Wolves community,” says Dr Vaquera. “As a player, he can play in both sides of the court, is a good fast break player and a threat from the three-point line.
“He can also intimidate on defence, being able to increase the defensive intensity of the team. I worked with him in the past and he is a hard worker who loves to practice every day in the gym.
“He will make an impact in the BBL.”