Kiwi trip to find im­port

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O'NEIL rohan. o'neil@ news. com. au

T OWNSVIL L E Cr o c o d i l e s coach Shawn Dennis is hop­ing to dis­cover a diamond in the rough on his up­com­ing trip to New Zealand for their na­tional league’s fi­nal se­ries.

Dennis knows the Kiwi league well af­ter coach­ing the Hawkes Bay Hawks from 2004- 2010, in­clud­ing a mem­o­rable run to the 2006 ti­tle, and he also handed Brian Con­klin his start in Aus­tralia af­ter see­ing him dom­i­nate the NZNBL.

Af­ter the suc­cess of dis­cov­er­ing last sea­son’s league MVP Con­klin in New Zealand, Den- nis is head­ing over for the league’s fi­nal four to watch ex­cit­ing im­port guard McKen­zie Moore lead his Nel­son Giants into the fi­nal four.

The 198cm im­port guard has starred for the Giants with im­pres­sive av­er­ages of 22.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 4.3apg.

Dennis will be keep­ing his eyes glued to the ex­plo­sive 23year- old in his semi- fi­nal against a Welling­ton Saints side led by cur­rent Crocodile Leon Henry.

“I’m head­ing over there to have a look at Moore, he’s a very ex­cit­ing player who has been play­ing well in the NZNBL and it will also be a good chance to catch up with Leon,” Dennis said.

“It’s a qual­ity league and that’s where we dis­cov­ered Brian Con­klin, who went on to be the MVP of the NBL so there are def­i­nitely some di­a­monds in the rough in New Zealand.”

Townsville are also hop­ing to re­tain Con­klin’s ser­vices for a third sea­son play­ing in North Queens­land.

Re­cent re­ports have also linked for­mer Crocs big man Luke Schen­scher to a re­turn to The Swamp for the club he played for from 2010- 2012.

While Dennis wouldn’t be drawn into the con­tract talks sur­round­ing the tow­er­ing duo, he did say they would be a good fit for the club head­ing into the 2015/ 16 sea­son.

“We think they would work well to­gether as a front­court and that they would be ex­cited to play to­gether,” he said.

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