Corey Webster proved at the recent FIBA World Cup that he is a high quality shooting guard. He averaged 13.7 points per game, amongst the guards this was the sixth highest ppg average in the tournament in Spain.
There is high expectation at the Sky City Breakers that Webster will carry that type of form into the upcoming ANBL season. Since signing with the Breakers in 2008 he has been largely in the shadow of CJ Bruton, with the Aussie now retired Webster has the chance to show he is capable of filling the shoes of the man who scored over 2000 points for the Breakers
First up for Webster and the Breakers are the two pre season games against Sydney Kings being played in Christchurch (Tuesday) and Dunedin (Thursday).
South Island fans will be the first to see former League MVP Cedric Jackson in action, his return a huge boost for the club.
In his two previous seasons with the Breakers Jackson averaged 13.7pts/5.6rebs/6.6 assists and 2.5 steals per game. His very presence will increase confidence in the playing group and personal form resembling anything like that displayed in 2012 and 2013 will go a long way in carrying the Breakers into play off contention.
The acquisition of combo guard Rhys Carter looks to be another shrewd signing by the Breakers. Carter has played for a number of clubs in Sweden and Australia, last season suiting up for the Adelaide 36ers, and his arrival will help offset the vast experience lost with the departure of Bruton.
It is expected that Webster, Jackson and Carter will share the bulk of the minutes in the one and two spots and Tom Abercrombie will play big minutes in the small forward position, so what will be the role of Reuben Te Rangi?
Last season Te Rangi had a successful time backing up Tom Abercrombie. The small forward averaged 5.4ppg and shot the three ball at a more than respectable 41.7%. The Breakers are asking him to move to the shooting guard spot, a position he has not played a great deal. It will be interesting to see how he makes the transition – if successful a player with his strength and athleticism playing off guard will be a huge asset to the Breakers and the Tall Blacks.
Another player converting to a new role is Duane Bailey. Named best New Zealand forward in the domestic NBL Bailey has been asked to move to the small forward position as he is undersized for that position in the Australian league This will be a major change for Bailey and one that will require him to improve his ball handling skills and perimeter shooting.
With the Breakers first outing in the NBL scheduled for October 10th in Perth time is not on the side of Dean Vickerman as he strives to get all of his Breakers fit, fresh and ready for the eight hour flight west.