Hot on the heels of their recent major partner signing for their next three seasons, the Northern Star Resources Goldfields Giants have quickly made an impact on the court with the signing of American import Kyle Sovine for the upcoming season.
Standing at 206cm (6’9”) and weighing in at 107kg (235lbs), Sovine will anchor the middle for the Giants and will join recent signing of 6’6” US/Australian dual citizenship player Jake Martin in forming a formidable front line.
A native of Indiana, one of the basketball powerhouse states in the US often known as the Hoosier State, Sovine started playing basketball in high school in his home town of New Haven where he graduated in 2012 after averaging 14.5 points and 7.8 rebounds on his way to earning All-Northeast Hoosier Conference First Team honours.
From there he joined the University of Saint Francis Cougars in nearby Fort Wayne (Indiana) where he played from 2012 to 2017.
Here he played 124 games where he scored over 1100 points and hauled in over 500 rebounds over his career with the Cougars including a stellar Senior season where he averaged 15.4 points at 61% from the field and 6.5 rebounds on his way to earning NAIA Division II All-American honours as he led his team to a NCAA Division II Championship berth.
After his college career, he’s played overseas in both Ecuador and most recently Kosovo where he averaged 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks, leading the team in all three categories.
Sovine was excited to continue his basketball career in Australia after playing in South America and Europe. “Playing overseas has been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid shooting hoops in the driveway. It has been great.”
“It’s a whole different world than what I am use to back in the States but it takes some time to get adjusted.”
“The language barrier was very tough. I would be pulling out Google Translate a lot trying to communicate.”
“The experience was real good, you see stuff you have never got to see before and you get to play the game you love to play as a job. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
The previous overseas playing experience will help Sovine prepare for basketball in Australia.
“I’ve found the international game is a lot more physical and uptempo. The court is more spread out allowing for more freedom.” “The shot clock is shorter, which allows a quicker style of play and you are playing against professionals night in and night out, so you must bring it every single day.”
When asked what he intends to bring to the Giants next season, Sovine responded “I am a stretch big man, who likes to play inside and step out and knock down the shot.” “I strive to be the best player/teammate I can be everyday. I make sure I do whatever it takes to win games. I always make sure I bring a high level of energy and competitiveness to a team.”
“To the fans, I can’t wait to meet everyone and to arrive in Kalgoorlie. It’s going to be a great year. Go Giants!”
Sovine is due to arrive in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in early February to join the Giants in their pre-season campaign before the SBL Blitz pre-season tournament in early March.
Date Of Birth: 4th February 1994 (23 years old)
From: New Haven, Indiana (USA)
Height: 206cm (6’9″)
Weight: 107kg (235lb)
Giants Playing Number: To Be Confirmed
Recruited from: KB Rahoveci (Kosovo Basketball Superleague)
2010-12 New Haven Bulldogs
(Northeast Hoosier Conference – High School)
2012-17 University of Saint Francis Cougars
(NAIA DII – Crossroads League – College)
2017 Leones de Riobamba
(Ecuador National League – Ecuador)
2017 KB Rahoveci
(Kosovo Basketball Superleague – Kosovo)
Kyle Sovine – University of Saint Francis – Player Bio
Kyle Sovine – KB Rahoveci Playing Stats
Kyle Sovine – USF 2016-2017 Highlights Video
Kyle Sovine – Kosovo Superleague 2017 Highlights Video