Melbourne United have to announced that young forward and former Fremantle Docker Craig Moller has signed with the Club on a multi-year deal.
At 202cm, the 22 year-old spent three years in the AFL system with the Dockers before making the switch back to basketball with the Sydney Kings in 2015-16.
Whilst the lure of AFL has been strong for some basketball players, Moller is excited about what his future holds in the NBL with Melbourne United.
“It was a very different road, I didn’t think I would go down this path. I obviously played both basketball and footy as a kid and really loved them both, and I saw a lot of opportunity to get drafted in the AFL” Moller said.
“I enjoyed my years in Fremantle but I think I realised basketball was what I wanted to do and I made the change. It’s led me here to Melbourne United, and I’m really happy about it. I can’t wait to get started and the years ahead”.
As a teenager Moller played with the GWS Giants in the NEAFL, before being drafted to the Fremantle Dockers in 2013.
Moller then went on to spend the last two seasons at the Sydney Kings as a Development Player under the guidance of Andrew Gaze and alongside new Melbourne United Head Coach Dean Vickerman.
He played an important role for the Kings, particularly in the second half of the season, providing energy and consistency for the second unit after they released Steve Blake.
“He [Dean Vickerman] was one of the big influencers to get me down here obviously working together all last season, I really enjoy the way he coaches” Moller said.
“I spoke to him multiple times when he got the job and he was trying to get me over to United, and he was definitely a big factor. I’m really excited for the opportunity he’s given me and can’t wait to get started”.
He joins a small list of athletes including Port Adelaide and GWS ruckman Dean Brogan and recent AFLW Grand Final winner Erin Phillips to play at the top tier level in both the AFL and NBL/WNBL.
An up and coming talent, Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli also shared his excitement about having Moller join the Club.
“Craig is an exceptional young athlete with a diverse background, having spent time in the AFL system with Fremantle Football Club.”
“Most recently he’s been in the NBL with the Sydney Kings where we saw terrific upside and potential in him”, Crivelli said.
“We’re excited to work with Craig to continue his basketball journey, and we are confident that his varied background in professional sports will serve us well on and off the court”.
Moller is currently playing with the Ballarat Miners in the SEABL competition, and is averaging an impressive 19.3 points, 13 rebounds and 4.7 assists (13th) per game.