My best is still to come, insists Belfast Star's Shawn Vanzant
Shawn Vanzant says Belfast Star fans can expect to see him move to another level in the coming weeks as he seeks to drive the side to silverware this season.
The classy 27-year-old has played at the highest level in American college basketball as well as the NBA Development league - a notch down from the NBA - and in Finland, so he expects high standards from himself and team-mates.
Tomorrow night at MCB (7pm) Vanzant will hope to dictate play and help Star to victory against Dubliners Killester - their toughest test of the All Ireland Premier League season so far.
"This is only my fourth game with my team-mates so I am still getting to know them, to know what they can do and just getting used how to play and how the game is played here - it's different to the States," said Vanzant.
"I really feel that the Star fans have not seen the best of me and I am ready to go up another level over the next couple of weeks.
"One thing I believe that I bring to the team is that I always play hard defence.
"I learned that from my college days, everything starts with defence - any team must have a tough defence to win trophies. Offence will come but defence you have to work really hard at.
"I've been very impressed with my team-mates - they're a great bunch of guys and I am very optimistic about the season.
"We threw away the first two games in the fourth quarter when in good positions but last weekend when we were in a winning position we closed the game out and got a monkey off our backs."