Big Red returns to Crocs
IT’S BACK to the future for towering Australian centre Luke Schenscher with the veteran big man returning to the Townsville Crocodiles on a three- year deal.
Schenscher last played for the Crocs from 2010- 12, where he helped guide the team to two consecutive semi- final series, and the 216cm man was also selected in the club’s 20th anniversary All Star team.
The 32- year- old has spent the last three seasons with his hometown Adelaide 36ers but the chance to return to familiar surrounds in Townsville and be a part of the rebuilding club’s push for a maiden championship proved too good to refuse.
“I have fond memories of playing here a few years ago and heading back to the Swamp and being part of the club’s resurgence is quite special,” he said,
“I have a huge trust in the campaign Shawn ( Dennis) is creating, the team had some brilliant games last season and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve next.
“I know the place really well, I know the people and I really enjoyed my time there and after listening to Shawn and ( Crocs chairman) Andrew ( Gisinger) I think the future of the club looks really strong so I’m excited to be a part of that.”
Third year Crocs coach Dennis said he was thrilled to lure the South Australian away from his hometown 36ers and expected Schenscher to bring some veteran leadership to his youthful playing group.
“He’s really excited to be coming back. He has family up here and the other thing that is really good for us is Luke’s leadership,” Dennis said.
“People don’t realise but he has played out here for eight or nine seasons and he’s only ever not made the playoffs once.
“That was part of the reasoning for bringing him in, that winning ability he has and what he will bring to this team.”
Dennis was also relishing the prospect of unleashing a frontcourt made up of Schenscher and newly re- signed NBL MVP Brian Conklin.
“I think he is going to be such a great partner to Brian and together they will form quite a formidable front line,” he said.
“Teams will have to do a lot of homework to work out how to defend that because Luke is a terrific low post player and the thing that is underestimated with him is his basketball IQ and his passing ability.”
Schenscher will make the move to Townsville later this month.
I have fond memories of playing here a few years ago