The Frankston Blues basketball club are excited to announce the signing of US import. Ishmael Hollis for season 2016. Hollis joins Dain Swetalla as the Blues men’s imports for season 2016.
Standing 6 feet 8 inches, Hollis played his collegiate basketball with the University of North Georgia (UNG) averaging 19.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game his senior year.
Along with being a prolific scorer, Hollis brings an appetite to rebound the ball which was demonstrated during his senior year which saw Hollis finish second in the Peach Belt conference in scoring and fourth leading rebounder. Hollis capped off his senior year by being named on the Peach Belt Conference’s First Team All-Conference team.
This past season, Hollis played for the South Metro Pirates in the Queensland State League (QBL) where he averaged 29.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest. Hollis performance’s came under the eye of Adelaide 36ers Head Coach Joey Wright who believes Hollis has NBL level talent.
‘’My first experience with Ishmael was in the World Wide Invitation Camp in Las Vegas where he showed the amazing ability to shoot the ball along with great athleticism at 6'8". I have watched him closely as I think Ish will make a great NBL player very shortly’’ Wright said.
Hollis, who lands down under in early 2016 said he was excited about the opportunity to join a new looking Blues program under the tutelage of Head Coach Grant Wallace. "I'm very grateful to have signed with the Frankston Blues. Thank you to everyone in the organization that made this possible. I am excited for our team’s prospects under the direction of Coach Grant Wallace and High Performance Manager Steve Blackley. I believe this will be a great season for Blues basketball and can’t wait to get on court with my new teammates" Hollis said.
Blues Head Coach Grant Wallace says Hollis will become a crowd favourite who is “an exceptionally gifted athlete, who can create well for himself and others and play up tempo defence - Ishmael Hollis will be a player to watch in 2016. With a young developing Blues group we see Ish as the perfect fit for our Club to lead on and off the floor. We cannot wait for Ish to arrive and get to work for 2016 SEABL Season " Wallace said.
Frankston Blues High Performance Manager Steve Blackley sees Hollis contributing in a number of ways for the Blues in season 2016. “Ish is able to play multiple positions which gives Coach Wallace a greater level of flexibility as head coach. We feel Ish will be a great addition both on and off the court and will provide perimeter scoring plus the ability to score inside the paint. Watching Ish’s highlight reel I know the Blues fans are in for some exciting highlights in season 2016.” Blackley said.
With pre-season officially commencing a few weeks ago, more news will follow regarding further Frankston Blues signings for season 2016 and planned pre-season practice matches. See www.bluesbasketball.net.au for all your Blues news.
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30 November 2015