NEW WASPS DUO ARE POLES APART

08/07/2009 15:17

THEY may have journeyed to Hull from the same eastern European country. but that is where the similarities end for the latest additions to the Wasps line-up.
 
Polish duo Kamil Palawski and Michel Kucmierczyk will make their Wasps home debuts on Saturday in the Derby Cup at the Gemtec Arena against the Scarborough Seahawks (tip-off 5pm).
 
They starred as Hull got their pre-season off to a winning start, 75-73 against the Tees Valley Sonics last month, with the former finishing as the game's leading scorer.
 
And although neither casts an inconspicuous figure, it is for different reasons they have both made a big impact on the squad.
 
Palawski is a high-energy guard and already a challenger to point guard John Kelsey as team clown, while Kucmierczyk's laid-back persona belies his 6ft 10in frame.
 
But both can help the club take the next step towards play-off challengers, according to club captain Jamie Goodwin.
 
Goodwin said: "They will make a real difference this season, that is for sure. They already have in training.
 
"Kamil is a scorer, pure and simple, and is impossible to guard when he is on his game. He is so energetic and you can never get him down. I am sure he will ignite the Gemtec crowd at every home game.
 
"Michel, or 'Big Mike' as we call him, could not be more different personally. He is very quiet, a big friendly giant. But close to the basket and on the boards, he is unstoppable, and has already proved a few wrong with his outside shooting touch."
 
"Both can create their own shot, which made a huge difference when we were struggling with Tees Valley's zone defence the other week.
 
"I am extremely excited by the prospect of them playing for us this season. We have a much stronger squad this time round and I am very confident we can make some waves in division four and beyond."