Plymouth Raiders have signed centre DeAndre Medlock as a replacement for Daveon Boardingham.
The 6'10" Californian graduated from Hawaii University where he worked with Raiders' assistant coach David Evans.
Boardingham has been forced to return home to America to care for his sick and pregnant partner.
"We had some really good fortune with DeAndre being available, having made a big impression this summer," said Raiders coach Jay Marriott.
Evans was quick to recommend Medlock, who had been at a training camp with NBA side Sacramento Kings.
"The deciding factor undoubtedly was David Evans for both parties," Marriott added. "We get strong continuity with them having worked together the last two years."
The Raiders are still waiting for player-assistant coach Evans' visa to be issued by the British Embassy in New York, and are hoping to get Medlock to Plymouth in time for Sunday's game against Team USA Select at the Plymouth Pavilions.