One Garlepp was good, but the Bendigo Bank Braves hope two will be even better.
The Braves yesterday announced the signing of Josh Garlepp, the younger brother of last year’s club MVP, Tom.
The 201cm role player from Western Australia, who turns 24 today, adds much-needed size to the Braves’ squad following the retirements of Chris Novak and Adam Tanner.
“He’s going to be good for us, he’s a good shot blocker, he runs the lanes quick for a big guy, he’s got some good post moves,” Braves coach Ben Harvey said.
“Having Ivan (McFarlin) and Tommy and now having Josh it’s just going to make our team deeper.”
Garlepp has been in the Perth Wildcats’ development squad, while also playing with the Perry Lakes Hawks in the WA State Basketball League.
Garlepp played 25 games for the Hawks last season and averaged 13.2 points and eight rebounds in the last seven matches.
“Talking to (Perth Wildcats co-captain) Shawn Redhage, who played at the Bendigo Braves in 2005, he recommended him as well and thought he’d be a good role player for us,” Harvey said.
This SEABL season in Bendigo will see the Garlepp brothers reunited on court for the first time since 2009, when they helped Perry Lakes to the grand final.
Garlepp said he was looking forward to playing with the Braves.
“I’ve heard great things about not only the club, but also Ben Harvey, from the likes of Shaun Dennis and Shawn Redhage,” Garlepp said.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the boys and of course suiting back up with Tom.”
Garlepp is the ninth signing for the Bendigo Braves, who will soon announce three development players to finalise its squad for the 2013 campaign.
Garlepp and imports McFarlin and Jazz Ferguson will arrive in Bendigo on Monday.
The Braves’ season begins at home against Knox on Friday, March 15.
Tom Garlepp will arrive in Bendigo following the end of the National Basketball League season with the Sydney Kings.