The Ballarat Miners have added an Australian representative to their roster for the NB1 South season.
The recruit played in the Boomers' 81-52 win over New Zealand on Saturday.
Matthew Kenyon recorded six points, 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal in nearly 27 minutes of play to help the team to a 29-point win.
He was announced as the Miners fourth signing on Thursday afternoon.
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The 23-year-old was on the Brisbane Bullets' roster in the National Basketball League from 2016 to 2018, playing 20 games across his two seasons with the team.
However an untimely dislocated knee spelt the end of his time in Brisbane.
In October 2019 he signed with and played nine games for Capital City Go-Go in the NBA G-League.
He then moved on to play nine games for the South Bay Lakers, also a G-League competitor.
Originally from Avoca Bay in New South Wales, Kenyon said he is pumped to be coming to Ballarat to join the Miners.
"I'm super excited about coming to Ballarat for the NBL1 South season. Looking forward to meeting the guys and getting to know everyone when I get there. It should be an exciting year," he said.
"I've heard it's a tight knit community so I'm excited to be a part of it."
He added that winning is his priority and one of the key reasons he chose the Miners.
"First and foremost I want to win. One of the main reasons I signed here was because I knew I'd be surrounded by other good players and coaches," he said.
Miners' head coach Brendan Joyce said the 195cm guard's ability to play and defend multiple positions would make him a threat in the NBL1.
"Matt will bring his valuable experience and provide depth and versatile guard play to the team and be able to play multiple positions from one to three. I always liked his aggression and willingness to defend," he said.
Kenyon joins Zac Dunmore, Jordan Lingard and Daniel Joyce as early signees.
Basketball Ballarat's NBL1 South season kicks off Saturday April 17 with an away clash against Albury Wodonga.
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