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Tai Wesley unites with Melbourne

Power forward Tai Wesley has signed with Melbourne United for the next two seasons.

Following two years with the New Zealand Breakers where he won a Championship in his first year and played in this year’s finals series against the Perth Wildcats, Wesley chose to set his sights on Australian shores with Melbourne’s roster and game day experience key factors in his decision. “I thought the show that Melbourne put on when we played there was really cool and the crowd support was amazing. As far as the team goes I was impressed with the team and can’t wait to join them all for pre-season.” Wesley will bring vast experience to Melbourne’s roster.

He was awarded the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) Player of the Year in 2011 when he attended Utah State University along with having international experience playing in Holland and France.

He has also been part of a Championship winning team in the NZ NBL and was the Finals MVP in 2015.

Wesley equaled a career-high with 23 points against Melbourne United in the final regular season game at Hisense Arena.

“I want to bring a strong low post presence to Melbourne United as well as my experience and grit. "Being on the losing end of a Grand Final (against Perth) is the worst feeling in the world and you want to work harder to never feel that again,” he said. Wesley, a Guam International was born in Utah, USA and lived in Guam from the age of five to 11 when his father worked at the University of Guam.

He averaged 11.7 points and 4.8 rebounds last season and played 58 games over the past two seasons for the Breakers.

He is currently playing for the Wellington Saints in the NZ NBL and averaging 15.9 points. 7.4 rebounds and a league leading 1.9 blocks per game. Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli said Wesley would play an integral role in the make up of the roster. “We have worked hard to sign players strategically and in our own time this year. Tai will add the depth we want to our defensive structure and inside play while also adding another deep outside shooter.”
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