The Northern Star Resources Goldfields Giants recruitment drive for season 2020 has come up big with the signing of Australian guard Kyle Tipene.
The 185cm (6’1”) guard, who can play both guard positions, will bring to the club a dynamic scoring option from all areas on the court, that can also control the tempo of the offence.
Tipene has a wealth of basketball experience, having played college basketball in the USA as well as in many of the premier second division leagues across Australia in South Australia, Queensland and Victoria, including the prestigious SEABL competition.
He joins the Giants after a US college stint at Martin Methodist College in Tennessee back in 2011, then playing in many Australian state leagues, including the Central ABL, South Australian Premier League, Big V, South-East Australian Basketball League and most recently the Queensland Basketball League where he played for the Port City Power in Gladstone.
Most recently, he averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists across 18 games for the Port City Power in their 2019 season.
Before that, he put up similar numbers in the 2017 season for the Shepparton Gators whilst leading the league in three pointers and in 2018, he stepped up into the SEABL, the premier second tier competition in Australia, playing for the Mount Gambier Pioneers and averaging 8 points and 4 assists off the bench
After his recent signing with the Giants, Tipene spoke about what he brings to the organisation.
“I see myself as a leader with some well rounded experience and I believe that allows me to help others and lead by example, both on and off the court.”
“I feel I can contribute in a variety of ways this season… I love to create, score in transition and compete hard on the defensive end. I hope to bring leadership, hard work and overall experience to the club.”
“I’m thankful for the opportunity and look forward to being a part of the Giants’ family and the Kalgoorlie community. Go Giants!!!”
Giants coach Wayne Creek also echoed these thoughts on his newest recruit.
“Kyle is a quick footed guard who can really push the ball in the open court and makes the right decisions.’ Creek said. “He handles the ball well and is a very capable shooter with a good three point shot.”
“More importantly, it has been great to get to know he has a very positive attitude and personality and will bring an element of maturity and professionalism to the club.”
Tipene will be re-locating to the Goldfields in mid February and in the mean time, will be working on his game in his home town of Mount Gambier, playing in the BVC Country Basketball League for the Mount Gambier Basketball Association.
Stay tuned for upcoming news on player signings as the Giants head into their 30th year in the WA State Basketball League.
Date Of Birth: 11th October 2001 (28 years old)
From: Mount Gambier, South Australia (Australia)
Height: 185cm (6’1″)
Giants Playing Number: To Be Confirmed
Recruited from: Port City Power (QBL – Australia)
2010-2011 Martin Methodist (TranSouth Athletic Conference – NAIA Division I – USA)
2011-2013 South Adelaide Panthers (Central ABL – Australia)
2014 Forestville Eagles (Central ABL – Australia)
2015-2016 Forrestville Eagles (Premier League – Basketball South Australia (SAPL) – Australia)
2017 Shepparton Gators (Big V Basketball (Big V) – Australia)
2018 Mount Gambier Pioneers (South-East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) – Australia)
2019 Mount Gambier Pioneers (Premier League – Basketball South Australia (SAPL) – Australia)
2019 Port City Power (Queensland Basketball League (QBL) – Australia)
Kyle Tipene – SportsTG Players Stats – 2017 Shepparton Gators
Kyle Tipene – SportsTG Players Stats – 2019 Port City Power
Kyle Tipene – Season Highlights – 2017 Shepparton Gators
Kyle Tipene – Season Highlights – 2018 Mount Gambier Pioneers
Kyle Tipene – Season Highlights – 2019 Port City Power