National Basketball League club, the South East Melbourne Phoenix have secured the services of Ballarat Miners' big man Deng Acuoth for upcoming 2019/20 season.
The current Miners forward has been in blistering form of late, making history in a recent NBL1 game by tallying 11 blocks in the Miners' 63-point win over the Albury-Wodonga Bandits.
He will add size and athleticism to the Phoenix roster in what will be their inaugural NBL season. Acuoth said he couldn't be happier to have signed with the team.
"I love the vision that coach Simon Mitchell has laid out for the club as a whole and me. Even though it's our first season as a franchise, this team is going to give people problems, he said.
We are young and hungry, and I can't wait to get started."
Acuoth first popped up on the radar of South East Melbourne coach Simon Mitchell at a Next gen camp in 2018. Mitchell said he is excited to start working with him.
"His performances in the NBL1 under Ballarat Coach Brendan Joyce, have been eye catching. I love his hands, his length and his timing at the defensive end is impeccable," he said.
Acuoth is the latest signing in what's been a busy off-season for the club which has already attained the signatures of Australian Boomers players Mitch Creek and Adam Gibson.
After spending, the 2018-19 NBL season with the Sydney Kings, Acuoth has elevated his play for the Miners in the first season of NBL1, averaging 10.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4 blocks a game.