Melbourne United has today announced that import guard Lasan Kromah has signed with the Club as an injury replacement for Ramone Moore, who will sit out the remainder of the season after suffering a calf injury last Saturday night against the Hawks.
Moore was one of three casualties in last week’s game including Blanchfield (concussion) and Goulding (ankle) who all suffered injuries in the Round 14 loss which sidelined them from last night’s road game against Adelaide.
A college graduate from Connecticut, Kromah averaged 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game where he was part of the 2014 NCCA Championship with the Huskies.
He also spent three years with George Washington University where he was named Atlantic-10 all rookie team after averaging 11.8 points per game in his freshman season. By the time he had finished at Colonials he has scored over 1,000 points, the 44th player in the program history to accomplish this.
Kromah has spent time in Hungry, Turkey, NBA D-League and two stints in Greece. In Hungary during 2014-15, he averaged 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals across 31 games earning him selection in the East-West All Star game in Budapest. He won MVP of the All Star game with 33 points, 4 steals, and also won the All Star dunk contest.
In 2016 in his first stint in Greece (Kavala-Div 1), Kromah averaged 14.8 points, 2.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals (top 2), before spending time in the NBA D-League with Westchester.
Most recently he has been playing with Promitheas in Greece (Div 1), and now finds himself in Australia with Melbourne United.
“I’m feeling good, it was a pretty long plane ride but I’m excited to be here.” Kromah said.
“I tried to see a couple of highlights and clips of the games and how the league is, and it looks like a really competitive and tough league so I’m really excited to be part of that”.
“I’m just hoping to bring a lot of positive energy and hard work, and try to do as much as possible to get this team to the furthest goal as we can. I’m an all round player, just what the team needs scoring, rebounding, defence anything that can contribute something good to the team.”
“At the end of the day it’s basketball, I’ve been playing basketball and I know that if I go out there and give my best effort and play the best as I can to my ability it will all go really well”
CEO Vince Crivelli was also pleased to have been able to find a replacement at such short notice.
“We’re disappointed for Ramone after the injury he suffered last week. He’s such a terrific guy on and off the court, and has been an important player for us this season”.
“We’re looking forward to having Lasan join us. We have a big challenge ahead of us but we’re comfortable that he is the right fit to help us heading into the backend of the season”.
As the NBL rules stipulate, a player must have been registered before the club has played 75 per cent of their games (21 games).
Last night was game 21 of 28 for Melbourne, and with Kromah being cleared prior to the game started, he is eligible to play this Saturday.
For a player to qualify for finals, he must have been on the Active Player List for at least or more than 25% of regular season games (7 games). Kromah will enter Melbourne’s Active Playing Roster on Saturday, and will need to suit up in every remaining game (7) in order to quality for finals.