Giants strike early in recruit search

Giants strike early in recruit search
By Goldfields Giants Media

The State Basketball League season may be still months away but the Silver Lake Resources Goldfields Giants have already made an impact on the recruiting front with the signing of two quality players for season 2017 over the weekend.

The signing of 6’8” forward Atem Atem and 6’5” swingman Geordie Murray give the Giants a positive boost as they piece together their team for new head coach Lou Causer, with their aim of returning to the playoffs in 2017.

Giants recruit Atem Atem. Photo: National Basketball League

Giants recruit Atem Atem.
Photo: National Basketball League

Atem Atem, 24, is a South Sudanese/Australian who has previously played in the Queensland State Basketball League, South Australian Premier League and most recently the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) where he was with the North-West Tasmania Thunder.

He also boasts a season with the Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League where he played 7 games as a development player in 2014-15 along with a college stint in the US with Northern Oklahoma College (NJCAA) in 2012-13.

Giants recruit Geordie Murray. Photo: State Basketball League

Giants recruit Geordie Murray.
Photo: State Basketball League

Geordie Murray, 24, is an Australian who has played 64 games over three seasons in the SBL with the Perth Redbacks and Kalamunda Eastern Suns, as well as two years playing college basketball for Vermilion Community College (NJCAA) in 2011-13.

Since returning from college, he’s become one of the top three point shooters in the SBL, including being 3rd in the league in three point shooting percentage in 2015 with 39.4%.

In 2016 Murray averaged a career high 8.9 points in just over 20 minutes per game, including a 23 point haul against the Giants in round two.

Giants head coach Lou Causer spoke highly of both recruits.

“We’re extremely happy with what both Atem and Geordie bring to the club” Causer said.

“They are two young guys with great attitudes and a great work ethic, which is what the club is after in players. They will make an immediate impact on and off the court and throughout the Goldfields community.”

“Atem is an X-factor recruit, he brings versatility to the side with his height, ball handling skills and a wealth of experience after being with the 36ers and his time in the other Australian leagues, whereas Geordie is a proven SBL player and one of the top three point shooters in the league, which is what we lacked last season. He’s a high character type player that will help us spread the floor in offence”

Both players arrive in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in mid-January once pre-season training gets underway.

Meanwhile the club hierarchy is continuing work on it’s playing list so stay tuned for player announcements in the coming weeks.

ATEM KUOL ATEM
Date Of Birth: 24th December, 1991 (24 years old)
From: South Sudan, Africa
Height: 203cm (6’8″)
Position: Forward
Giants Playing Number: To Be Confirmed
Recruited from: North-West Tasmania Thunder – SEABL (2016)
Basketball Career: 2012-13 Northern Oklahoma College (NJCAA)
2014 Ipswich Force (Queensland SBL) – Named League MVP
2014-15 Adelaide 36ers (Australian NBL)
2015 Eastern Mavericks (SA Premier League)
2016 North-West Tasmania Thunder (SEABL)

Related Media
Atem Atem – Facebook Fanpage
Atem Atem – “Up And Atem”: The Advocate
Atem Atem – Eastern Mavericks 2015 Statistics
Atem Atem – North-West Thunder 2016 Statistics

GEORDIE MURRAY
Date Of Birth: 18th March, 1992 (24 years old)
From: Perth, Australia
Height: 194cm (6’5″)
Position: Guard/Forward
Giants Playing Number: To Be Confirmed
Recruited from: Kalamunda Eastern Suns – SBL (2016)
Basketball Career: 2011 Perth Redbacks (SBL)
2011-13 Vermilion Community College (NJCAA)
2015-16 Kalamunda Eastern Suns (SBL)

Related Media
Geordie Murray – Kalamunda Eastern Suns 2016 Statistics
Geordie Murray – Kalamunda Eastern Suns 2016 Statistics
Geordie Murray – Vermilion CC 2011-12 Statistics
Geordie Murray – Vermilion CC 2011-12 Statistics

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