The Bendigo Braves' roster for the inaugural 2019 NBL1 season is complete with the signing of an American import.
Point guard Deonte Burton, 27, stands at 6'1 feet tall and is the latest addition to the Braves squad.
The Los Angeles native has years of experience on the court, including time in European leagues and recent duties with the Salt Lake City Stars in the NBA G League.
Before signing with the Braves, Burton had never stepped foot on Australian soil and is excited about the new opportunity.
"I'm looking forward to bringing leadership, experience and defence to the team," Burton said.
"I've never been here (Australia) before and I'm curious to see what the lifestyle is like."
Burton is looking forward to taking to the court with his new team.
"I still haven't been at a team where I have been able to show all that I can do defensively and to have that confidence from a coach to let me do what I do," Burton said.
"Once I get the chance, I'm dangerous on the court."
And Burton certainly hopes it happens with the Braves.
Braves coach David Hogan said Burton was a star addition to the 2019 squad.
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"Deonte is a 6'1 guard that can play above the rim," Hogan said.
"He is super athletic, a great on-court leader and he is looking to stamp his presence on the NBL1 competition.
"Having the international experience that Deonte has, is huge for us and will be extremely valuable knowledge for our younger players."
Burton attended the University of Nevada and in his sophomore year averaged 14.8 points and 4.2 assists per game.
Burton has been doing his research on his new team, including watching highlights from the Braves' victory over the Melbourne Tigers at the weekend.
"I can help bring leadership and defensive intensity to the team," Burton said.
"I don't yet know all of them by name, but with some of the younger guys...after each play and practice I will go up to them to share some of my knowledge and experience."
Despite only just arriving in Central Victoria, Burton is determined to make the starting five this Friday when the Braves take on Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence.
The round two match at the Bendigo Stadium will be the Braves first home game of the season.
"I'm going to work as hard as I can for a starting appearance on Friday," Burton said.
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