Sharks on guard for new-look backcourt

The prolific partnership of Ryan Patton and Steve Dagostino could be broken up this summer.

With the club’s forward line-up already taking shape, the management duo of player-coach Atiba Lyons and director Sarah Backovic have turned their attentions to the guards positions.

A dramatic return to Sheffield for Great Britain shooting guard Nate Reinking is a possibility. As is the signing of highly rated American point guard BJ Jenkins.

If Sheffield were able to land both players it would spell the end of the diminutive, yet highly effective combination of Patton and Dagostino.

While the pair were often considered too similar to compliment each other when on the court at the same time, the end result was an almost unstoppable threat from beyond the three-point line.

Dagostino, in particular, could also use his speed and shot-making ability drive to the basket and pick up easy points from the free throw line. It is understood that the 5ft 11in Italian-passport-holding Dagostino, aged 25, has been in talks with a Spanish club, but his future is far from decided.

Patton, aged 32, has less European options, being an American so he takes up an overseas position on a team’s roster. In his two seasons with the Sharks, Patton has been one of the club’s most popular and consistent performers.

Talks with the 6ft Jenkins, who has just graduated from American college Murray State, are believed to be at an advanced stage.

Described as a leader on court, Jenkins averaged 11 points and 3.5 assists in his final season at Murray State.

The intriguing situation is whether Reinking will return to Sheffield after an absence of six years. Despite being 37-years-old he is still a key part of the Great Britain squad.

He would prefer to warm up for the London Olympics by playing in Europe, but his age and an injury problem last season are putting off would-be suitors. Sharks wouldn’t hesitate to step in if needed.