In a positive sign for the season ahead, McDonald confirmed via email his commitment to the Nunawading Spectres earlier today.
“This is fantastic news for our program. Shane has been the face of our Spectres Men’s team for 10 years and is an integral part of our mission to secure another SEABL Championship,” Nunawading Basketball Operations Manager Paul Flynn said upon confirmation of the signing. “With him back in the NBL this season, we thought it may take a little longer to lock things away given his focus is understandably with the Breakers – we’re thrilled that Shane was so keen to commit to our program and his teammates.”
McDonald will suit up for his first official game with the reigning NBL Champion New Zealand Breakers this Wednesday night in Adelaide Wednesday night, having previously spent time in the NBL with Singapore, Perth and Melbourne. Over the past decade, McDonald has long been considered one of the best players outside of the NBL but his commitment to teaching, paired with an excellent role at Maribyrnong Sports Academy has seen him cause opposing SEABL programs quite a headache. In 2015, McDonald averaged 15.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists for the Spectres, appearing in 21 games.
With McDonald on board, Nunawading Basketball will now focus more on what pieces of the puzzle are required to see the Spectres Men return to the post season, and more specifically to the SEABL Championship Weekend.
“It’s obviously a major boost for the program to have Macca committed but we need to make sure we get the rest of the roster right if we’re to content this season,” Flynn added. “We’re close to confirming a couple of other key members of the squad and credit to Dave (Biwer) and the administration team, we have players wanting to represent Nunawading with pride.”
Further team announcements will be made when player confirmation is made.