THE name Beks is one the greatest to be associated with the Bendigo Braves in the club's 32-year history - and on Friday it will make a comeback.
Lewis Beks will make his SEABL debut when the Braves clash with the Sandringham Sabres on Friday night in Melbourne.
The 20-year-old follows in the footsteps of his father David Beks, who played 189 for the Braves in the 1980s and '90s, including the club's 1988 national championship.
He will wear the same number 22 singlet worn by his father.
Beks junior earned his call-up after a string of impressive performances for the Braves Big V youth development team, including 29 points and eight rebounds in last weekend's win over the Whittlesea Pacers.
He is the second father-son to suit up in the Braves' blue and yellow, after Austen Flint, the son of Braves favourite son David Flint, recorded three games in the late 2000s.
Coach Ben Harvey said Lewis had thoroughly deserved his chance and would help a Braves' outfit resigned to being without import Dyami Starks and co-captain Chris Hogan, and possibly Taylor Bell, this weekend.
"He's a kid who has played all his juniors in Bendigo, he's a promising young player," he said.
"He has a really good work ethic, had some minor injuries last year and is very coachable.
"I keep talking about it, these young Bendigo players are the future of this club.
"We have our ring-in players, but it's important we keep developing local talent.
"Over the years we've had Chris Hogan Taylor Bell and Ben Hunt to name a few, we have these pathways for players like Lewis."
The 192cm Beks is considered an outstanding shooter and defender, who had thrived in the youth league last season under the coaching of his father.
David Beks said Lewis' debut would be a proud, but low-key affair for both father and son.
Asked if he had any advice for his son as he prepared to take on Sandringham on Friday and the Geelong Supercats in Bendigo on Saturday, he said not a lot.
"He's his own person. It's just one of those things that has happened," he said.
"We never pushed him in that direction or in any sport in particular, he just found his way in basketball.
"The good thing about Lewis, even though he was a standout in the juniors and in the development league, he's remained very well grounded.
"He hasn't got a big ego, he's remained very grounded which is what we are most proud of."
Beks is averaging 25 points per game and 5.5 rebounds in two appearances for the Braves in the Big V's youth league one.
The defending SEABL national champions are looking to rebound from a loss last weekend against the 2016 season grand final opponent the Mount Gambier Pioneers.
Tip-off Saturday is 7pm.