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Crocodiles sign young gun Nick Kay
Townsville Crocodiles head coach Shawn Dennis has hailed their latest recruit as “one of the brightest young prospects to come out of college this season,” signing Australian young gun Nicholas Kay on a two-year contract. Kay, 22, joins the club after spending four years at Metro State College of Denver, finishing second in the school’s history of games played, fourth in rebounds, fifth in scoring and ninth in blocked shots overall. The 205cm forward/centre averaged 20.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in his senior year, and is looking forward joining the Crocodiles in his professional debut. “I’m definitely excited to hit the court with the Crocs, it’s an incredible opportunity and I’ve heard nothing but great things about Shawn [Dennis] as a coach,” said Kay. “I can’t wait to take the step up from college player to professional, and be part of what Townsville are putting together this season.” Originally from Tamworth New South Wales, Kay is set to shore up Townsville’s frontcourt and coach Dennis anticipates he will have an impressive rookie year. “Nick is a very intelligent player and we are excited to have such an outstanding talent join the team,” said Dennis. “Nick will bring a great work ethic and scoring into the group. He is very good in transition and handles the ball very well for a player of his size.” Kay is currently playing in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL) for the Northside Wizards, averaging 21.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He recently earned a Player of the Week nod for a 43-point performance against the Gold Coast Rollers and will play in the QBL Finals next month. Kay joins Mitch Norton, Mitch Young, Leon Henry and Clint Steindl on the 2015/16 Townsville Crocodiles roster.