The Sydney Kings have completed their roster for the 2015/16 National Basketball League season with the signing of New Zealand national representative, Dion Prewster.
The 25-year old swingman played for the New Zealand Tall Blacks team that took on the Australian Boomers in the recent FIBA Oceania series.
Prewster was also awarded the prestigious FIBA Stanković Continental Champions’ Cup held in Luoyang, China with the national squad.
Previously, Prewster captained the Junior Tall Blacks in the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championships held in Auckland, New Zealand.
Born in Santa Ana, California to an American father and a Samoan mother, Prewster was raised in American Samoa and spent time in Hawaii before moving to Wellington in New Zealand when he was seven years old.
He attended Wellington College before moving to the United States for his senior year of high school in Iowa, where he led his team to the state championship.
He initially attended NCAA junior college San Jacinto, where he had a productive two years before transferring to NCAA Division One college Stephen F Austin University, where he averaged 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game as a junior in 2010/11.
A former development player with the New Zealand Breakers in their second championship season, he recently has been a standout in New Zealand’s NBL, having an excellent 2015 campaign for the Wellington Saints where he averaged a career-high 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game and helped the Saints reach the NZNBL Grand Final.
Known for his tenacity, high work rate and defensive ability, Prewster is set to fit in perfectly as a backup to Kings’ superstar Josh Childress, and Sydney Kings head coach Damian Cotter is thrilled to complete his roster with someone of his calibre.
“I’m really excited to have Dion come on board,” he said.
“I think he brings a skillset that suits us, both offensively and most importantly defensively.
“He gives us a player who can come in and lock down a lot of opposition players from point guard to small forward – he’s a tough, physical defender who is also very competent in a half-court offence.
“Add to the fact that he’s a rock solid bloke who is determined to work hard and I think we’ve got a really good player as our final piece.”
The recent additions of Prewster and Rhys Carter to an already talented roster give the Kings their deepest squad in a number of years and coach Cotter feels strongly about the importance of that depth.
“I feel like we can really cover for any injuries that we may suffer through the season,” he said.
“And I have absolutely no problem with giving all ten players court time from the first quarter onwards – I’m a strong believer in that.”
For his part, Dion Prewster can’t wait to get started with his new team after signing his first full NBL contract.
“I’m ecstatic to join the Sydney Kings,” he said.
“But at the same time, there’s a lot of work to be done. There’s a lot that’s expected of me – not so much in making a significant splash or anything but just making sure I’m able to fulfil the role that I’ve been given.
“I think my main strength is my physicality, both offensively and defensively – I like to get after people defensively and get on the rim when we have the ball.
“I guess the thing for me is that I’m blue collar; I’m looking to bring that real toughness to the group.”
Prewster will join his teammates this week for the start of official training for the Kings, which commences today.
Sydney will open their 2015/2016 National Basketball League season at Qantas Credit Union Arena on Saturday 10 October with a blockbuster game against last season’s NBL runners-up, the Cairns Taipans.