Hungry Jack's NBL
Bullets bring back Beal
The Brisbane Bullets have signed two-time championship player and scoring machine Jermaine Beal. Beal, from Texas in the USA, was awarded the Larry Sengstock Medal for being the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the 2013/2014 NBL season grand final series while playing for the Perth Wildcats. Beal has joined the Brisbane Bullets on a one-year deal with a one-year option and becomes the club’s second import alongside Torrey Craig. The 190cm shooting guard began his college basketball career with Vanderbilt before spending the first three seasons of his professional career in Poland, Belgium, Brazil and the NBA Development League. Beal arrived in Australia in 2013 to play for the Perth Wildcats and quickly cemented his reputation as a high quality player by averaging 16 points, 3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. Last season Beal became the first and only player in NBL history to make 10 three-pointers in a 40-minute game, registering 40 points - despite being scoreless in the first quarter - to lead the Wildcats to a 113–83 in their win over Melbourne United last December. Beal nailed a total of 245 three-pointers during his three seasons with the Wildcats. Brisbane Bullets CEO Mitchell Murphy said: “Jermaine is a proven performer in the NBL and he is an outstanding addition to our playing roster - we’re excited about securing him and I’m sure he’ll provide great entertainment for our fans.” Beal, who was Wildcats’ leading scorer last season with 516 points, is pumped up about joining the Brisbane Bullets squad to be coached by Andrej Lemanis, who is currently guiding the Boomers on an impressive Olympic Games campaign in Rio. “I'm excited to play in Brisbane - the club has a lot of history and has won NBL championships in the past,” Beal said. “Hopefully our fans and the community jump on board and help us protect our home court.We have an A-plus coaching staff and a lot of hungry players. I look at our roster and see a lot of guys that have won NBL championship rings. “It’s going to be particularly good to have (Anthony) Petrie on the roster because he was always an antagonist when he played against me and now I’ve got him on my side. “I want to bring that same aggressiveness and toughness at both ends and try to make plays down the stretch. It’s too early to say we can win it all, but it can be done and the competition is wide open. It’s going to be a tough season because every team is loaded with talent.” Brisbane Bullets Assistant Coach CJ Bruton believes Beal’s experience and competitive nature will prove invaluable in the club’s much anticipated return to the NBL. “Jermaine can defend and can score - he’s a big time player with a lot of wins under his belt,” Bruton said. “His demeanor and presence on court attracts attention and draws focus and to have him as our second import alongside Torrey Craig is awesome and I see him being a leader on and off the court. “I think he will complement our players just as they will complement him. Jermaine has got great basketball IQ, just like all the other players we have recruited.” Beal (aged 28) and Craig (aged 25) will both arrive in Australia next week to join their team mates for pre-season training. The Brisbane Bullets full roster (alphabetical order): • Cameron Bairstow • Jermaine Beal • Shaun Bruce • Torrey Craig • Adam Gibson • Tom Jervis • Matt Kenyon • Daniel Kickert • Anthony Petrie • Reuben Te Rangi • Mitchell Young The Brisbane Bullets take on UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) in an exhibition game at the Logan Metro Sports Centre on August 29 before embarking on a pre-season tour of New Zealand. The Bullets will play in the NBL’s Blitz in Brisbane from September 23-26 with their opening game of the 2016/17 NBL season against defending champions the Perth Wildcats at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre at Boondall on Thursday, October 6.