The Tasmania JackJumpers have stuffed one among two vacant import spots, signing 26-year-old American forward Rashard Kelly for the subsequent NBL season.
The JackJumpers, which made a surprising run to the grand remaining collection of their debut season, just lately introduced abroad star Josh Adams, in addition to MiKyle McIntosh, wouldn’t be returning.
The 203cm-tall Kelly, 26, has been taking part in in France’s LNB Professional A with JDA Dijon Basket, averaging 11.4 factors, 6.4 rebounds and a couple of.2 assists in 38 video games this season.
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“Rashard is an incredibly mobile forward, who we think will bring the size and versatility we’re looking for,” CEO Simon Brookhouse mentioned on Tuesday.
“Rashard has a really impressive resume and has been dominant for Dijon this season, playing a lot of minutes,” Brookhouse mentioned.
“He’s a really exciting player who can play above the rim and also defend at a very high level.”
Tasmania stay on the hunt for another import, having re-signed American guard Josh Magette on a one-year contract in June.
Kelly, who will arrive in Tasmania in August forward of pre-season coaching, graduated from Wichita State College in Kansas in 2018.
He has performed with Russian membership Parma and suited up within the 2019 VTB United League All-Star Sport, earlier than stints in Italy, Turkey and France.