HE’S won an SEABL player of the week for the second time in the past three rounds, but Bendigo Braves’ star import Jeremy Kendle would much prefer to talk about how well the team is tracking.
There was no surprise when Kendle was awarded the men’s round 15 player of the week for his outstanding game last Saturday night when he combined 43 points with six rebounds, five assists and one steal in the Braves’ 100-95 away win over North West Tasmania.
Kendle was also the player of the week in round 13 when he scored a weekend double of 34 and 35 points against Geelong and Nunawading.
When factoring in the Braves had a bye in round 14, Kendle, 28, has claimed back-to-back men’s player of the week awards the past two rounds he has played.
“Everything is starting to gel really well with the team and the guys are all playing well,” Kendle said.
“The past few weeks have been good for me personally, but over the next few weeks it might be somebody else… as long as we’re winning and working hard then that’s the main thing.”
The Braves have now won eight in a row – their longest winning streak since 2013 – and have an SEABL-best record of 16-3.
The Braves have a double-header this weekend, beginning in Dandenong on Saturday night, before they back up against Kilsyth at the Bendigo Stadium from 2pm on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Kendle – who leads the SEABL in scoring with 26.6 points per game – spent Wednesday showing his talent as part of a session run by NBL club Melbourne United.
As for his prospects of being signed by an NBL club, Kendle says he simply wants to play at the highest level he can.
“Whether I get the opportunity to play in the NBL, or whether it’s in Europe, I just want to be the best version of myself,” Kendle said.
“If the good Lord puts an opportunity in front of me to play in the NBL it would be great, if not then I’ve got to continue to work hard.”