Hungry Jack's NBL
Young guns join Brisbane Bullets
The Brisbane Bullets have added a trio of young guns to their playing ranks for the club’s return to the NBL in the 2016-17 season. Tall Black Reuben Te Rangi and former Australian World University Games representatives Mitch Young and Shaun Bruce are the latest additions to the club’s roster - joining Adam Gibson, Daniel Kickert, Tom Jervis and Anthony Petrie - all of whom have represented the Australian Boomers. “Reuben, Mitch and Shaun all have proven NBL experience, but they still have the prime time of their basketball careers ahead and joining the Brisbane Bullets is an exciting opportunity for them,” Brisbane Bullets head coach Andrej Lemanis said. “They bring youth and skill sets to the playing group that compliments the other four players we’ve already signed. “I know wholeheartedly that Reuben, Mitch and Shaun will fit well in terms of the club’s values. As well as that, they each possess a willingness to learn and a strong work ethic.” Te Rangi is a player of immense talent who represented New Zealand in the 2013 and 2015 Oceania Qualifiers. The 21-year-old small forward from Auckland was a member of the Breakers’ 2013 and 2015 championship-winning teams and has played a total of 103 NBL games. Young lived in Brisbane as a teenager, and after a stint at the Australian Institute of Sport, he attended the famed St Mary’s College in California from 2009-2013 where he started all 35 games for the Gaels in his senior year alongside NBA star Matthew Dellevedova. The 25-year-old power forward played 87 NBL games for Cairns in 2014 and 2015 including the 2014-15 grand final series. Young started in 12 games for Townsville last season. Point guard Bruce played for the Ballarat Miners in SEABL before heading to Cairns as a development player. He played four seasons at the Taipans from 2013 to 2016 and notched up 97 NBL games. In 2015 when Cairns made the grand final series, 24-year-old Bruce was ranked first in NBL in the assists to turnover ratio. Brisbane has now filled seven of their available 11 contracted playing spots. Lemanis, who’ll guide the Boomers at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, said: “I am really pleased the way the Brisbane Bullets’ roster is coming together.” “We have a high quality spread of talent across positions with plenty of flexibility in the front court and we can still utilise the three available import spots if we wish to fill the wing positions.”
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