Melbourne United today announced that they have re-signed former NBA centre Josh Boone for the upcoming 2017-18 NBL season.
Boone joined Melbourne late last season to replace injured big man Devin Williams and quickly became an instrumental part to the team’s late Finals push.
Averaging 10.8 points and leading the league in rebounding with 9.25 rebounds per game, his dominance and experience playing in the post will be a huge asset for Melbourne heading into 2017-18.
“I’m extremely excited to be back and be part of the Melbourne United organisation. I really enjoyed my time last year; it’s one of my favourite places I’ve ever played in my professional career” Boone said.
“It was a pretty easy decision for me to come back. I think this team has a real shot at being a really good team in the future and hopefully that future is going to be this year.
“We’re hoping to get Casper (Ware) back as well and I think with him or another good point guard, combined with the pieces we already have, I think we have a real chance to be extremely competitive and hopefully make it to the finals” said Boone from his New York home.
A member of the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets) for four seasons, Boone is a strong defensive player with a giant wingspan that gives him added size. He fights hard for his rebounds and loose balls and is a fantastic added presence in the post alongside Majok, Wesley and Andersen.
Boone signed with Hong Kong side Eastern Long Lions for the off-season and has continued his dominant form averaging 20.1 points and 12.8 rebounds a game to help the team win the ABL Championship in a Game 4 double-overtime.
He is now back home in the US, set to return to Melbourne to begin pre-season under new head coach Dean Vickerman in a few months time.
Boone said “I did get a chance to speak to Coach Vickerman and we had a very good conversation. We kind of felt each other out a bit as far as what each other were thinking and I get a really good feeling from him.
“I think he’s a really good coach and has a lot of experience in this league, and has won Championships in this league, and that’s what we need. We need a Championship mentality.”
Vickerman echoed Josh’s feelings about his returning to Melbourne.
“Josh is an outstanding professional and was a high priority for us to re-sign heading into 2017-18” Vickerman said.
“We all saw what he was able to come in and do in just a short period of time last season. He’s incredibly talented in the post and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the group”.
“I know he’s really excited to get back here to Melbourne, and we are just as happy to have him back” said Vickerman.
Boone joins contracted players Dave Andersen, Chris Goulding, Majok Majok, Kyle Adnam and Tai Wesley, with the addition of Craig Moller to the contracted playing list.