Hungry Jack's NBL
King Khazzouh returns
The Sydney Kings have lured Australian big man Julian Khazzouh back to Sydney shores and is set to return for the 2015/16 National Basketball League season. The former Sydney Kings player first joined the club in 2010 before leaving to pursue opportunities in Europe, and spent the last three seasons with Lebanese Division A side Sagesse. Khazzouh averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in Lebanon, and now hopes to do the same in the purple and gold: “I always said once my time overseas came to an end, I would only play for Sydney,” said Khazzouh. “I have really fond memories of playing in the NBL and can’t wait to be part of the competition again.” Khazzouh made his NBL debut for the West Sydney Razorbacks during the 2006/07 season and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Joe Ingles. In 2008 he remained with the Razorbacks during their transition into the Sydney Spirit, but left shortly after to play in the Netherlands and subsequently in Israel before returning to the NBL as a member of the newly-reformed Sydney Kings. It was during his first stint with the Kings that Khazzouh took the NBL by storm, finishing second place in MVP voting in 2010 (behind Gary Ervin) and notching All-NBL First Team honours in both seasons. Throughout his 53 games a Sydney King, Khazzouh averaged 17 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, earning him a call up to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. Sydney Kings General Manager Rod Harys is thrilled to have the 209cm powerhouse back on board: “This is a terrific acquisition for us and he will obviously be integral to our campaign next season,” said Harys. “Julian has spent the past few seasons developing his game abroad, so to have one of the premier big men in Australian basketball back is great for the club and for the League.” Khazzouh joins Tom Garlepp, Angus Brandt and Jason Cadee as members of the 2015/16 Sydney Kings roster.