After the departure of key player Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Telekom Baskets Bonn have closed their gap at the playmaker position.

Just two days after the departure of key player Parker Jackson-Cartwright, the Telekom Baskets Bonn of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) have closed their gap at the playmaker position. US point guard TJ Shorts (24) joins from league rivals Hakro Merlins Crailsheim, the Bonn club announced on Wednesday. The club did not give any details about the duration of the contract.

Shorts was the best scorer in the BBL main round with an average of 20.6 points, just ahead of Jackson-Cartwright (19.3), who was named Most Valuable Player (MVP). Shorts was forced to end his season early after 21 games due to a pectoral muscle injury.

“Finding a very good playmaker was immensely important in recent years and we have now succeeded again with TJ. He has already been able to gain experience in the BBL and international competitions and, at the age of 24, has already covered an impressive career path,” said Bonn coach Tuomas Iisalo.