Friday, January 19, 2018

The Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres continue to make major announcements this week, confirming the return of star import Dain Swetalla for the upcoming South East Australian Basketball League season.

Swetalla debuted for the Spectres last season, having made previous stops with the Kilsyth Cobras and Frankston Blues. Across 2017, Swetalla averaged 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists. The versatile American posting 20-plus points six times, including a whopping 44-ppoint haul against the Albury / Wodonga Bandits in Round 2.

“I’m extremely happy to be back with the Spectres for 2018,” Swetalla said. “Right from the start there was a strong solidarity amongst this group. Now with a full season of experience behind us and also a full training camp ahead, it’s going to be exciting to see what were capable of.”

A career professional, Swetalla has made a number of stops around the globe to ply his trade. Nunawading clearly offering the Iowa native something different, prompting the return trip.

“Returning to play for Coach Biwer is an absolute pleasure. He knows his guys so well and knows how to put us as a team and each of us individually in position to be successful. He’s one of the best verbal motivators I’ve every played for and the type of coach that you want to do well for.”

“As a youth coach and mentor I also take notes and cues from his coaching style because he possesses the unique coaching trait of seemingly always knowing what to say, how to say it and when to say it. It’s the 2nd go around for this crew with the foundation returning and only getting stronger.”

Lessons that will apply almost immediately as Swetalla takes on the Head Coaching role with the newly formed Forest Hill College Basketball Academy.

“It is going to be a great opportunity for me to coach and mentor the next generation of basketball players and hopefully bring up or expose some exciting new talent into the basketball world.”

Spectres Head Coach Dave Biwer also excited to have his star import and frontline partner to league MVP Simon Conn returning.

“You know, he just fits. There was no trying to jam a square peg in a round hole, from day one Dain came in and got to work. He compliments our game plan and takes a lot of pressure of guys that have had to shoulder the load for so long.”

Swetalla is the Spectres sixth confirmed signing ahead of the 2018 SEABL season which see’s the team on the road to the Melbourne Tigers April 8. Nunawading will then host a double-header Round 2 against new kids on the block, Diamond Valley April 14.

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