Like father, like son.
The Braves' latest addition has a strong connection to Bendigo.
The club has signed point guard Nelson Larkins for the 2021 NBL1 South season, the son of former Braves SEABL coach Wayne Larkins.
The 25-year-old comes to the Braves after a recent stint playing in Finland where he averaged 24.3 PPG, 4.7 assists and 51.3 per cent 3pt, in addition to years with the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL.
Now back in Australia - currently in hotel quarantine - Larkins is eager to get started.
"I am going to bring leadership, defensive stability with a scoring punch but also help create opportunities to ensure the other guys flourish," Nelson said.
"I will do whatever it takes for the team to succeed."
While overseas as an import in Finland his role on the court was slightly different, but he's now thrilled to return to his usual point guard duties.
Upon receiving an offer from the Braves, it was an easy decision.
"My dad knows it's a great club as he was involved for quite some time," Larkins said.
"He knows what DJ (David Hogan) is about and that it would be a great fit."
Braves head coach David Hogan said it was a boost to welcome the Larkins name back to Bendigo Basketball.
"Nelson comes with great experience having played at a high level," Hogan said.
"He will compliment and lead our group out on the floor this season."
Hogan, who was able to learn a thing or two from Wayne Larkins a decade ago while he was a development player with the Braves, said Nelson is renowned for having the same level of commitment as his father.
"He has an extremely high work ethic and reputation for being a competitor," Hogan said.
"That toughness and grit is going to be a real boost for the team this year."
There was one particular Braves player which Larkins was excited to work with.
The man himself, Ray Turner.
"I've heard such great things about Ray. He's a big guy that can do it all," Larkins said.
"Hopefully this year as a team we can take it that one step further and win the championship."
The Bendigo Braves men head into this year's season determined to succeed after falling short in the 2019 grand final against the Nunawading Spectres.
Larkins' goal is simple, he is coming to Bendigo to help the team win.
Despite being stuck in hotel quarantine for another 10 days, he is using every second he can to keep himself in prime condition ahead of round one.
The Braves will make the trip across the border to take on the Mount Gambier Pioneers on Saturday, April 17.
"I can't wait to get out of this locked room and get out on court working with the boys," Larkins said.
Obviously without a ring in the room, Larkins has a basketball at hand and has been refining his ball-handling skills.
"I am fortunate as there isn't anybody in the rooms beneath me so I can do HIIT workouts throughout the day," he said.
"But I am still waiting until around midday to ensure I don't wake anyone up," he laughed.
Larkins joins Turner and Javaan Mumtaz as the only Braves men's players announced for the season.
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