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Sixers sign second import, Ebi Ere

The Adelaide 36ers have signed NBL Championship-winning combo guard, Ebi Ere (pronounced Ebby Erah) who joins Kenyon McNeail in the import spots for the upcoming 2015/16 NBL season.

Ere, 34, played junior college basketball at Barton Community College before transferring to the Oklahoma Sooners in 2001 where he averaged 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

The Oklahoma native had his first stint in the NBL with  Sydney in 2003 where he helped the Kings win the Championship, averaging 19.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Ere returned to the US before joining Joey Wright at the Brisbane Bullets in 2006 and went on to win his second NBL Championship in two years.

He also part of the Melbourne Tigers team that made it to the NBL Grand Final series in the 2008/09 season.

The son of a Nigerian father, Ere has also represented in the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Nigeria and 2009 FIBA Africa Championship.

Ere has since played in Italy, Spain and France and joins the Adelaide 36ers on a one-year deal, reuniting him with his former coach Joey Wright.

“Ebi is a known winner and makes his team mates better players,” said Joey Wright.

“He is the type of player that thrives on responsibility, and is the guy that wants to take that game-winning shot.”

Ere, who arrived in South Australia on Saturday has been training with the team since Monday.

“I love Australia and I love the way of life, so it’s great to be back in the NBL and I can’t wait to play for Joey and the Sixers,” said Ere.

“Joey’s style suits my game, and I just can’t wait for the season to start.”

Ere joins McNeail, Adam Gibson, Anthony Petrie, Daniel Johnson, Mitch Creek, Brendan Teys, Lucas Walker Nate Sobey and Matt Hodgson to finalise the Adelaide 36ers 2015/16 roster.

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