SCHALL SHINES IN ISLAND LIFE ; Nathan's Move from Whalley Range to Guadeloupe Pays Off

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SCHALL SHINES IN ISLAND LIFE ; Nathan's Move from Whalley Range to Guadeloupe Pays Off


Menbasketball, Anthony Jepson, Manchester Evening News


WHILE his former Manchester Magic and Giants colleagues have been battling sub-zero temperatures and away-trip snow drifts, Nathan Schall is having fun in the sun.

The athletic Mancunian forward left Magic's Amaechi Centre earlier this season to join Saint Francois in Guadeloupe, a Frenchspeaking and controlled island in the Caribbean.

And while it is a world away from Manchester in winter, it isn't just the weather and laid-back lifestyle Schall is enjoying. After teaming up with another British expat that has played for both Manchester clubs - Devan Bailey - Schall is cutting loose on the court too.

While Bailey's exit from Cheshire earlier this season was acrimonious, Schall went with the blessing of Magic chiefs when the opportunity arose.

"I got the call out of the blue and sent my highlight tape and three days later they had me on a plane," said Schall, 24, of his switch from Whalley Range to the Leeward Islands.

"I was sad to leave Magic, it'll always be home," he added. "And after last year I had big aspirations of winning some silverware this year.

"I have a lot of respect for the staff at the Amaechi Centre, especial Joe Forber and Paul Middleton, so as soon as I got the call I told them, and although they wanted me to stay they understood the opportunity I had."

While Schall rates the basketball on the island as of a similar standard to NBL1 where he was playing with Magic, he hopes that playing in the league will improve his play, put him in the shop window and potentially allow him another shot at making it in the BBL, where he was con-fined largely to the bench during his spell with the Giants.

"The basketball is tough," he said. "The league is a French NM2 league as it's a French island, standardwise it's very similar to NBL1, but I find the basketball IQ is lower and the physicality a lot higher which makes it a different game to what I'm used to. …

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