Southern Huskies coach Anthony Stewart confirmed there would only one player to feature in the inaugural campaign in New Zealand’s Sal’s NBL.
The Southern Huskies announced the Burnie-raised former Hobart Chargers coach Anthony Stewart as the team’s coach and Burnie’s Mason Bragg as one of two players signing on Wednesday.
Stewart said although he did approach other players from the Thunder to join the Huskies’ system, only Bragg took up the offer.
“Bragg will be it for the first year, we did have our eye on Lachie Barker who has gone to Frankston to give himself a chance with the Phoenix side,” Stewart said.
“It was not that we didn’t want more from up there (North-West), Joe Chilcott is building a house and I didn’t go there and the other one was Tre Armstrong, who is going to college.”
The coach stated that the Huskies were hopeful of signing Western Australia State Basketball League MVP Jalen Billups and Chargers trio premiership Craig Moller, Mathiang Muo and Tre Nichols to add to Harry Froling and Bragg.
Stewart said a connection from his own playing days was helpful in securing the services of Froling.
“Harry Froling is potentially Australia’s next NBA and there is a lot of talk of him going to the NBA in 18 months to two years time.
“Because I played with his dad in the past, it was great that we were able to pull it off and get him signed.”