Hungry Jack's NBL
Tom Garlepp re-commits for another two years
The Sydney Kings continue to build an impressive roster for the 2016/2017 NBL season with veteran forward, Tom Garlepp, re-committing to the franchise on a two-year deal.
Last season, Kings MVP Tom reached a pair of milestones in playing his 200th NBL game and joined an exclusive group that includes such luminaries as Matthew Nielsen, Damian Keogh, Mark Dalton and Ben Madgen when he hit a century of games for the purple and gold.
Since joining the Kings prior to the 2012/13 campaign, the 204cm Garlepp has improved every season and become a club stalwart. He was named as a Co-Captain for the past two NBL campaigns and has earned universal respect for his work ethic, his professionalism and leadership through what have been difficult circumstances.
In a tough 2015/16 season for the Kings, Garlepp was a solid contributor yet again, putting up 14 points, four rebounds and two assists per contest while shooting 53 per cent from the field. He was brilliant in his 200th NBL game, knocking down his first nine baskets to help Sydney to a stunning victory over playoff-bound Melbourne United.
Sydney Kings Managing Director, Mr Jeff Van Groningen, hailed the retention of Garlepp as a key for the organisation.
“We are extremely pleased that Tom Garlepp will remain a King,” said Mr Van Groningen.
“Last season was a strong one for Tom, shooting the ball at over 50 per cent and playing strongly during what looked like a very tough year.”
“We have no doubt that he’ll provide a valuable contribution to a reinvigorated Sydney Kings line-up.”
Tom had interest from several NBL clubs, but showed great loyalty to the team with which he has played the last four seasons.
“I had some good offers, but in the end I really wanted to have my name be synonymous with the Sydney Kings,” Garlepp said.
“When someone mentions my name, I want them to say 'He’s a Sydney King'.
“That’s a pretty valuable thing, and I think it’s great to have my name attached to one club.”
“Everything the new hierarchy has done so far is positive, including the new coaching staff. I’m excited to play for the greatest of all-time in Andrew Gaze; Dean Vickerman is someone I’ve always admired for the way he deals with his players and Lanard Copeland is obviously a guy who is one of the best to have ever played. I’m looking forward to working with those guys.”
Tom is currently playing for the Illawarra Seahawks in the NSW Waratah League and will shortly join the Rockhampton Rockets in the Queensland Basketball League on a one month contract before beginning his preparations for what will be his fifth season with the Sydney Kings.
His addition brings the Sydney Kings to five contracted players in the 2016/2017 NBL season alongside returnees Julian Khazzouh, Jeromie Hill and Jason Cadee, plus reigning NBL Most Valuable Player, Kevin Lisch.
The Sydney Kings will play their home games in the 2016/2017 National Basketball League season at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park.