Bendigo Bank Braves Head Coach Ben Harvey made his first player announcement in advance of the 2018 season with 2017 NBL player Jeremy Kendle returning to the team. Kendle was instrumental in leading the Braves to a SEABL title in 2016, recognized as the league MVP and also garnering MVP honours in the winning Grand Final.
Most recently, Kendle has been playing in the NBL joining the Brisbane Bullets in late 2016 before signing with the Sydney Kings as an injury replacement for Kevin Lisch in October 2017. Kendle was also a member of the NBL All-Australian Team that competed against the Chinese National team in a three game series in July, scoring a game high 20 points in the final game.
Absolutely thrilled with the signing, coach Ben Harvey “…selected guard Kendle as he is currently the best import in the league, proved through the MVP accolades he received during the 2016 season. Jeremy will provide great leadership to the team, demonstrating unrelenting commitment both on and off the court.” During the 2016 season, Jeremy Kendle fittingly wore #1 for the Braves and developed an impressive fan following, engaging with the community and young athletes at every opportunity. Harvey is confident that Kendle returning to the side will embed a positive team culture that will translate to on court success.
Originating from the United States, 29 year old Kendle played three seasons of college basketball with Bellarmine University (class of 2012), and as a two time All American led them to back to back “final four” appearances and the national championship in 2011. His international career has stemmed across Morocco and Switzerland, whilst locally also taking out the title of MVP also in the Queensland Basketball League in 2015.
Jeremy is looking forward to returning to the Braves family, when asked what he loves most about Bendigo he is quick to answer, “…the friendly people who welcomed me wholeheartedly”. Jeremy will move to Bendigo in February with his wife Nadia in preparation for the season in April.
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