THE Bendigo Bank Braves yesterday announced 24-year-old point guard Kevin Probert had signed up for the 2013 South East Australia Basketball League season.
Probert will team up with exciting import Jazzmarr Ferguson in a new-look back court that also includes young gun Matt Bartlett.
The retirement of former captain Warren Randall makes the signature of Probert all the more important as the Braves strive for the national championship which has eluded them in the reign of coach Ben Harvey.
Probert is looking forward to next season.
“To have two quality imports in Ivan McFarlin and Jazzmarr Ferguson coming in as well as the Australian contingent, I believe we have as good a chance as any team to make a play for the national championship,” he said.
Braves coach Ben Harvey is rapt Probert will play on.
“Kevin is an extremely important player for us and I am looking forward to seeing him work with Jazz in what will be an extremely exciting guard combination,” he said.
Probert joins McFarlin, Ferguson, Bartlett, Taylor Bell and Chris Hogan as signed-up players, with the further four spots to be announced soon.
McFarlin was a key player in Bendigo’s run to back-to-back conference championships in 2010 and ’11.
In his second year with the Braves, the athletic forward was most valuable player in the east conference.