AS part of a side that have won 11 out of their last 14 games and stand just two games away from a place in the BBL Trophy final, it’s safe to say that Dominique Coleman is enjoying his basketball right now.
The 6ft 4ins, Cheshire Phoenix shooting guard has been a revelation for head coach John Lavery’s men this season and a key component in the Northgate Arena side’s recent resurgence.
The Nix have been in sublime form of late, only falling to defeats against league leaders Worcester Wolves, twice, and second-placed Newcastle Eagles since November last year.
Coleman, who hails from San Diego, California, has his eyes firmly set on trophy glory this season and pointed to team chemistry as being key to their success on the court.
“I feel like we can definitely win some silverware,” said Coleman, who joined the Nix from American, Lone Star Conference side Twin City United.
“That was our first thought after we beat Leicester in the trophy opener and now we don't want to settle for anything less.
“We're enjoying it right now and I think our key to success is our chemistry. We've been playing for one another on both ends of the floor.”
For some basketball players making the trip from the USA to the UK to earn their living, the bright lights and large crowds of college basketball, stateside, can be in stark contrast to the developing nature of the game this side of the pond.
Coleman, however, has been impressed by the standard of basketball in the BBL and has enjoyed his time with the Nix so far.
“I’ve been enjoying the ups an downs of my first season. It's been eventful to say the least,” said Coleman, who studied and played at the University of West Alabama before graduating from Francis Marion College, South Carolina, two years ago.
“There's a decent standard of basketball here in England but I do think it would be better if there was more of an awareness of the sport around the country.”
Coleman, who has registered an impressive 21.7 points per game in his debut BBL season, praised the vocal Nix fans, who have packed out the Northgate Arena of late.
“Our fans are great and these last few home games have been amazing,” he said.
“The beginning of the year was rough for us, but then again who wants to support a team that's not winning?
“On top of that, it's a sport that's not that big around here but as of late, the games and fans have been tremendous.”