Barking Abbey guard RJ Eytle-Rock will be heading to the US after signing up for a prep year at Peddie School in New Jersey.
Eytle-Rock took on a leadership role from the moment he arrived at BA from London Greenhouse Pioneers, spearheading the offence and in his second season helping lead BA to an undefeated championship season in the EABL and the Division 2 Men’s league and playoff titles.
Eytle-Rock finished up top five in assists in the EABL this season, with averages of 10.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists, along with 2.7 steals.
“We’re extremely proud of the impact RJ has had over the last two seasons he’s been with us,” BA Head Coach Lloyd Gardner commented.
“He was able to attract a fair bit of NCAA Division 1 interest, but the decision was that he should take an additional year to realise some of that interest at the Peddie School. I think that will be a great step for him to continue to prepare him for a college basketball career.”
Eytle-Rock received a call up to the Great Britain Under-20s this summer, where he helped the squad to Division A promotion averaging 8.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
“Through his time with us he enjoyed great success on the floor, he was an inspirational part of our EABL team and Division 2 team as well,” Gardner added.
“After the disappointment I know he had in his first year with our on court success, he came back rectified, he made huge adjustments and strides in getting better throughout his two years and capped it off with a good performance at the European Championships with the U20 team.
“I’m sure he’s got a fine future ahead of him, both this year with Peddie school who are getting a great point guard, and onwards wherever he chooses to go.”