Mitch Creek exercises NBL22 Player Option with SE Melbourne Phoenix

From nbl.com.au: South East Melbourne Phoenix star Mitch Creek has recommitted to the club for the NBL22 season, opting to trigger the player option on his contract and remain with the team. Creek was the Phoenix’s inaugural marquee signing in 2019 and will now enter his third season at the franchise. The 29-year-old won the club’s inaugural season MVP award and is a chance to make it two in a row, having just been named in the All-NBL Second Team. Creek led his side to their first finals appearance this…

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Accessing every NBL21 roster

From Liam Santamaria at nbl.com.au: Can you believe it? After the longest off-season in NBL history we’re now only two weeks from opening night. NBL21 is just around the corner! So, as we approach the start of the season, let’s take stock of where each club currently sits in terms of their roster. Of course, most teams are locked, loaded and ready to go. Some, however, still have a final piece to add to their puzzle. As a bit of a snapshot, I’ve listed each squad’s returning players, their new…

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NBL21 Free Agency: SE Melbourne signs Keifer Sykes

From nbl.com.au: The South East Melbourne Phoenix have announced the signing of high-flying American point guard Keifer Sykes as their second import on a one-year deal. The 26-year-old Chicago native has played for a number of clubs across the world – most recently at EuroLeague giants Panathinaikos – since finishing a stellar college career at Green Bay. He’s also represented Cleveland, Golden State and Denver at the NBA Summer League, and the Austin Spurs in the NBA G-League. Sykes won two Horizon League Player of the Year awards at college,…

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Former Sacramento State guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa signs with SE Melbourne as development player

Story via semphoenix.com.au, image via Photosport NZ Sacramento State guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa (pronounced Mo-dee-oh-ho-ho Lee-ah-fuh) will represent South East Melbourne Phoenix in the NBL21 season. The New Zealand native has signed as a development player with the Phoenix following four years in the American college system as a starter at the Sacramento State Hornets. Mauriohooho-Le’afa played professionally for the New Zealand NBL’s Wellington Saints prior to his college career and more recently for the Auckland Huskies, where he averaged 20 points and five assists, won defensive player of the year…

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What you need to know heading into NBL21 Free Agency

from Liam Santamaria at nbl.com.au : By Liam Santamaria It’s been a long wait but the 2020 free agency period is finally here. Delayed over three months by the Coronavirus pandemic, free agency will officially open across the NBL this Wednesday. Let’s gooooo! There are some big names in play this off-season, including two members of last year’s World Cup Boomers team – Chris Goulding and Cam Gliddon – who are both currently out of contract. Teams are also looking to bolster their stocks of local talent as they prepare…

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John Roberson will not return to South East Melbourne

From nbl.com.au : John Roberson won’t return to the South East Melbourne Phoenix for the coming season after the sharp shooting point guard was revealed as the latest signing by Estudiantes in Spain. Roberson set records for South East Melbourne in NBL20 including the most three point makes in a season during the 40-minute era after he finished with a tally of 112 makes on the season. In 28 games with South East Melbourne, Roberson averaged 20.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. His season-high came in the second game…

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Perth defeats SE Melbourne 97-91 in Bryce Cotton’s 100th NBL game

From nbl.com.au : The Perth Wildcats have shown the South East Melbourne Phoenix no mercy on their second trip to RAC Arena putting on a clinic in the second half to celebrate Bryce Cotton’s 100th NBL appearance with the 97-71 win. The Wildcats were back at RAC Arena for their first home game of 2020 and while the first half didn’t reach any great heights, the home team still led by 10 at the main break. Then following a brief flurry from the Phoenix early in the second half, the…

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Kendall Stephens’ big game powers South East Melbourne to key win over Illawarra

From nbl.com.au Kendall Stephens’ breakout party helped South East Melbourne Phoenix open up a handy first half lead and then he hit the two daggers to shake off a determined Illawarra Hawks for a critical 90-82 win on Sunday. The Phoenix had no choice but to win the game to close Round 15 at WIN Entertainment Centre against the bottom placed Hawks but they did have their work cut out when down nine early in the second quarter. It was Stephens who sparked a remarkable run of 17 straight points…

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South East Melbourne signs Devondrick Walker

From nbl.com.au: The South East Melbourne Phoenix is shooting a league-leading 38.46% from beyond the arc this season. That is set to improve with the addition of sharpshooting import Devondrick Walker. The 27-year-old Texan officially became the Phoenix’s replacement for import centre Keith Benson today and will add to the teams already impressive offensive arsenal. “I’m excited to join the Phoenix; it’s a new club with a healthy aspiration of getting to the top of the playoffs. Every game matters at this point so it’s an exciting time of year…

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