THE team list for the Hotondo Homes Ballarat Miners first tilt at the first NBL1 championship is almost locked in.
Two new additions have recently been announced with Kauny Kauny and Jordan Lingard added to the roster.
Kauny is a 198cm tall forward who’s coming off a season with the NBL’s Cairns Taipans while Lingard, also a forward standing over 2m tall, has time at NCAA Div 2 via Whittier College and Colac Kookas in the Country Basketball League.
Miners head coach, Brendan Joyce, said he was “excited” about what both players would bring to the team.
“He [Kauny] has a very versatile skill package and I believe he will flourish in a fast-paced style of play in multiple positions,” he said.
“He is a quality person, a great role model for the Sudanese community and will be a great fit for our club.”
Kauny was also up beat on his move from Far North Queensland to the Central Highlands.
“I’m definitely excited to come to Ballarat … I’ve heard a lot of great things about the association, the people and the fans so I am looking forward to it,” he said.
On Lingard Joyce said, “We are very excited to have Jordan come on board this year.
“His dedication and hard work to basketball is exceptional. Being from the western region and working extremely hard to be part of the CBL and NBL1. He is a perfect role model for aspiring young athletes.”
For his part Lingard highlighted Joyce himself as a reason for signing with the Miners.
“This is a huge opportunity for myself to play and learn under Brendan and get to know everyone within the community.” Lingard said.
“I am extremely excited to join the Ballarat Basketball organisation.”
Lingard and Kauny join a long list of previously announced players who’ll be suiting up for the Miners this season.
They include Jerry Evans Jr, Marqueze Coleman and Sam Short.