The Frankston Blues basketball club are excited to announce the signing of Bennie Lewis Jnr for season 2016. The athletic 6”8’ guard’s signing is a great addition to what is shaping up as an impressive roster for the Blues men in season 2016.
A son and grandson of former players, Lewis has played at the highest level domestically with the Melbourne Tigers NBL franchise where Lewis was crowned 2012 NBL Slam Dunk Champion along with time overseas in Europe and the US playing in the NBA D-league for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Frankston Blues Head Coach Grant Wallace said Lewis will provide the Blues with the scoring punch it has missed in previous seasons along with the ability to disrupt teams defensively.
"Bennie is a wonderful athlete who can put points on the board. He provides us unique depth and flexibility and makes us tougher to defend. His strength will also be his breadth of professional and international experience to assist the development of our junior Blues athletes." Wallace said.
Lewis who makes his SEABL debut next year with the Blues said Blues fans are in for some exciting times in season 2016. “I am really excited and appreciative to be part of the Frankston Blues team for the 2016 SEABL season. I am really looking forward to the challenge of playing in the competition for the first time. The organization has put together a team that should be exciting to watch this upcoming season. We will have some great athleticism and some good size. I can't wait to get out there with our full squad and continue building towards having a successful season.” Lewis said.
Frankston Blues High Performance Manager Steve Blackley, who was a team-mate of Lewis’ father Bennie Snr at the Westside Saints (NBL) in the late 1980s was equally enthusiastic about the depth and capability Lewis provides for the Blues in season 2016.
“Bennie has the ability to play 3 different positions and is motivated to show NBL teams that he still has what it takes to be a player in the league and will use the Blues 2016 campaign as a launching pad for bigger things. We think we can help develop Bennie, like we have done with current national league players in Kelly Bowen; Maddie Garrick; and Matt Hodgson into the player he needs to become to not only secure an NBL contract but be able to consistently contribute to an NBL team’s fortunes.” Blackley said.
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With pre-season now officially commenced for both Blues teams (men & women), more news will follow regarding Frankston Blues planned practice matches and key dates leading into SEABL season 2016 commencing. See www.bluesbasketball.net.au for all your Blues news.
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10 December 2015