With season 16/17 of the National Basketball League now well and truly behind us, it’s time to take a look at how some of the Brisbane Bullets players are keeping busy this off-season.
After joining the Bullets campaign late, Kendle proved his credentials finishing the season with solid averages of 11 points and close to 2.5 assists per outing. Having been a stellar player in the SEABL, Kendle has now taken his talents to the New Zealand NBL recently signing with the Canterbury Rams.
Canterbury Rams’ coach Mark Dickel believes they’ve found a gem in the American point guard.
The 29-year-old Indiana native made a sparkling start to the NZ National Basketball League season as the Rams split their away double-header.
Canterbury were beaten 114-107 by the Super City Rangers in a high-tempo clash in Auckland on Saturday, but recovered to topple Hawke’s Bay 99-87 in overtime in Napier on Sunday.
Kendle showed he will be an NBL MVP and league leading scorer candidate, pouring in 39 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against the Rangers and adding 31 against the Hawks, including 11 in overtime.
“Jeremy is super talented. He can score the ball and the game is easy to him,” Dickel said after the Hawke’s Bay game.
“He’s a big time talent. He’s definitely someone that can play in Europe, Euroleague. He’s a really good player.”
Reuben Te Rangi:
Another Bullets player excelling in the NZ NBL is Reuben Te Rangi. Joining with the Southland Sharks, Te Rangi started the season strong with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in his teams opening round win.
Sharks coach Judd Flavell was full of praise for Te Rangi and is predicting the 22-year-old to be a key figure for the Sharks throughout the season.
“He’s been great, he’s been down [in Invercargill] a week and a half now and since day one he’s been so good.
“He’s a leader and you forget sometimes how young he is because he has been around for so long.
“But he’s showed maturity and he is focused. I think he is going have a big season because of that.”