UCC Demons have enjoyed a busy summer on the recruitment front as they look to make a huge impression on the 2010/11 Nivea For Men's SuperLeague season.
The last campaign proved to be a year of near misses for the 2009 treble champions with defeat in the National Cup final followed by defeat in the SuperLeague last four.
However, the Cork giants have a new man in charge in the shape of Irish underage coach Paul Kelleher and he has been joined by new signing Marcus Van from Central Michigan University.
Van arrives at Demons early next week with a strong reputation after his senior year in the MAC Conference saw him named top offensive rebounder, top rebounder in the conference, top scorer on his team as well as being named on the All-Conference second team.
The MAC Conference has certainly been a good hunting ground in the past for Demons with former stars Jerrah Young and Ryne Hamblet having also plied their trade in the competition.
"Marcus is a very welcome addition to our team," said head coach Paul Kelleher.
"With our perimeter players that we have we needed a player that can give us the inside presence that can help us compete again this year and I'm confident Marcus can give us the necessary interior presence."
Demons have also been busy adding to their ranks on the youth front with Ciaran O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Sullivan, Eoghan Harnedy, Emmett Murphy and Shane Buckley all making the step up to SuperLeague level this season.
"It's nice to have young players coming through," added Kelleher. "While some players have come from other clubs, having a number of young players coming through will help us long term and they will certainly learn from the likes of experienced duo Shane Coughlan and Niall O'Reilly.
"This can only bode well for the future of the club. We have had a very useful summer and there have been a couple of changes to our personnel so it will take us time to get to know each other, but in time I'm sure we will be OK," he added.
"With new players coming in and also with them being young, it will take us time to catch up to the required level. But we have put in a decent pre-season so far and we have games coming up against Chester Jets, and the Stuart Robins Memorial tournament, so hopefully we'll be sharp by the time our first round of fixtures come around. There is a good atmosphere in the camp and we are looking forward to getting the season under way."