Angus Brandt becomes a Sydney King

National Basketball League (NBL) powerhouse club the Sydney Kings confirmed on Monday they had signed Springwood native Angus Brandt to a three-year deal.

The 24-year-old former captain of US College team the Oregon State Beavers returned to Australia in April this year after five successful seasons and earlier this month was selected in the Australian Boomers squad for their four-game drawn series against China, earning valuable on-court time on debut.

Last week the Gazette revealed Brandt would be playing in the NBL in the 2014-15 season and was in final negotiations with a club.

His signing with the Kings brings him together with younger brother Louis, who is in the Sydney Kings' development squad and plays for the Penrith Panthers in the Waratah League.

Sydney Kings head coach Damian Cotter revealed on the Kings' website he is thrilled to add a player of Angus' calibre to the Kings' roster.

"His work ethic has allowed him to achieve the success he has so far and it's something that will really help the Kings this season," Cotter said. "He gives the team great flexibility with his ability to spread the floor and hit the outside shot and he's shown that he can be very tough to stop in transition."

MightyMite Sydney Kings general manager Rod Harys said "it's great to see more talented locally-born players wanting to play for the Sydney Kings.

"We are putting a team together that I feel will have a strong connection to the community and one the fans can really get behind."

Brandt said he is excited to be joining the same team he supported as a youngster.

"I grew up supporting the Sydney Kings and went to a lot of their games so it means a lot to me to be playing for them now."

Sydney will open their new season with a blockbuster game against arch-rival Wollongong Hawks at the Qantas Credit Union Arena on Saturday, October 11.


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