THE Bendigo Braves 2016 SEABL roster is complete after the signing of import guard Jeremy Kendle.
The former Bellarmine University star joins the Braves after a standout 2015 in Queensland with the Toowoomba Mountaineers.
Kendle won the Queensland Basketball League most valuable player award, averaging 30 points and 6.5 assists per game.
Kendle had multiple games where he scored more than 40 points.
“He’s a leader, he can score, he can pass and he’s a good defender,’’ an elated Braves coach Ben Harvey said.
“I know the QBL is not as strong as the SEABL, but I’m very confident Jeremy will make a big difference to us.”
Kendle had a distinguished college career with Bellarmine before forgoing his senior season to play pro basketball.
He led Bellarmine to back-to-back division two final four appearances, including the national championship in 2011.
Kendle is the only player in school history to be named to the NABC All-America Team two years in a row.
Kendle joins former Mt Gambier star Damian Johnson as the Braves two imports for 2016.
“With Jeremy, DJ and Matt Andronicos, I think we have a similar set-up to the season we had Jazz Ferguson, Ivan McFarlin and Tom Garlepp,’’ Harvey said.
“Jeremy is quick, but not as quick as Jazz, but he can play both guard positions strongly,’’ Harvey said.
“DJ and Andronicos give us that inside presence.”
The remainder of the squad will be filled with local talent.
Chris Hogan, Taylor Bell and Kevin Probert return, while young trio Jordan Mangan, Daniel Hanson and Jake Cowling will be given extra responsibility in 2016.