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Patton re-signs with Melbourne

A big man with a big future, Chris Patton will continue to be a big part of Melbourne United for the 2015/16 season. The 208cm centre made his NBL debut with Melbourne last season, promoted to the active roster from a development player role after showing he can more-than-handle the rigours of professional basketball. Averaging about 10 minutes of action over 19 games, Patton was good for 3.9 ppg (50.8% FG) and 2.2 rebounds as he backed up his more senior and experienced peers. “There is no doubt Chris is a player of enormous potential and we see him being a major part of our roster,” Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli said. “We’re thrilled we could keep Chris with us because we love what he brings to the table.” But Patton’s 13 points (4-5 FG) and five rebounds against the Adelaide 36ers on January 10 offered more than a glimpse of his potential, which will continue to be tapped by Melbourne’s coaching staff. “I’m ecstatic to have re-signed with Melbourne and be part of their future plans,” said Patton. “Growing up I was always a fan of the NBL, and to be able to play with the club I grew up watching as well as be in my home city, it couldn’t have worked out any better for me." During the off-season, Patton has also been putting up impressive numbers for the Dandenong Rangers in the SEABL, averaging 16.9 ppg and 7.1 rebounds with a season-high 26 points and 11 rebounds against North West Tasmania.
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