Ballarat Miners have gained a new import to bolster the side ahead of their South East Australian Basketball League playoffs campaign.
New Zealand basketball player Leon Henry comes into the squad after winning the New Zealand National Basketball League championship with the Wellington Saints.
The Saints won all of their games with Henry averaging 10.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 28 minutes of game time for the season.
Henry has also played for the Townsville Crocodiles in the 2014-2015 National Basketball League season and in the New Zealand Tall Blacks national team.
The experienced forward is due to arrive in Ballarat on Saturday morning in time for the Ballarat GMHBA Miners’ match against Canberra Gunners at the Mars Minerdome on Saturday night.
The playing squad will be defending top spot from second-placed Hobart and third-placed Dandenong, with the top four positions in the south conference hotly contested.
The Miners plan to play Henry for the remainder of the regular season to ensure he is eligible for playoffs.
Henry will be instrumental in filling the void left by Craig Moller, who has been named in the Australian Boomers World University Games team and is likely to miss games in the back end of the season.
If the Miners were to go deep into playoffs, Moller would be unavailable for weeks two and three.
Henry said he was looking forward to coming on board, playing his role, and was hoping to join the team seamlessly.