Today, it has been confirmed that BJ Anthony has signed with the Adelaide 36ers for the 2013/14 iiNet NBL season (as speculated on Monday). Which other New Zealand players might be on the radar of the seven Australian clubs given that the Breakers have a full compliment of players?
Josh Bloxham has this week been working out with a number of other point guards at the Sydney Kings. Competition is fierce but we wish Josh well in his efforts to step up from a Development player at the Breakers to a fully contracted player.
Everard Bartlett has been a handy performer for the Perth Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers in the last couple of seasons. Having been released by the Wildcats, it would appear that Townsville is his best chance of being hired. New Crocs coach Shawn Dennis has been an admirer of Bartlett and previously coached the Kiwi guard at Hawks Bay in the NZ NBL.
Leon Henry could be a handy pick up, but his release by the Breakers was largely due to the fact that he was carrying too many player points. However, a rating of 5 doesn’t seem too high for a back up swingman.
Lindsay Tait is another who would still be worthy of a spot even though it’s a couple of seasons since he played for the Cairns Taipans. New Zealand’s premier point guard also carries a 5 points ranking but whether the Tall Black wants to play limited minutes as a back up player is questionable.
BJ’s signing, added to the six New Zealander’s on the Breakers team, takes the Kiwi count in the ANBL to seven. Hopefully these numbers swell in the coming months as the Australian clubs finalise their rosters.