Melbourne United is pleased to announce the signing of exciting young-gun Peter Hooley for the 2017-18 NBL season.
Hooley will replace Daniel Dillon who recently sustained an achilles injury that will see him sidelined for the next six to eight months.
At 193cm, the versatile young guard recently won the Atlas Challenge MVP in China when he toured with the Sydney Kings invitational squad last month.
Averaging 12.5 points and 4.6 rebounds a game for the University of Albany including delivering one of the most impressive fairy-tale finishes to a game that college basketball has ever seen, Hooley is looking forward to starting his NBL career in Melbourne.
“Taking my game to the next level is something that I’ve worked really hard on since I came back from overseas” Hooley said.
“I haven’t spent more than three months in Australia [since finishing high school] so to be able to come back and play the sport that I love, it’s really exciting”.
“Being a first year NBL player, there’s a big step up from any other league you’ve played in. It’s very different, and the challenges wont stop the whole way through my first year so I’ve just got to meet them head on and see how far I can go with it”.
“It’s exciting but I know the hard work really starts right now”.
After a short stint in the UK after finishing College last year, Hooley has relished his time back in Australia, tearing up the SEABL competition and currently averaging 20.3 points a game with Ballarat.
Being a member of the Miners means Hooley also has someone to share the driving load with to training, with fellow United young-guns Craig Moller and Sam Short providing some familiar faces in the gym and on the court.
“I live with Craig in Ballarat and I’m pretty close with Shorty too so it brings another element of being comfortable before I get integrated with the rest of the team. It makes it a nice smooth transition which is good”.
Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli was pleased the Club was able to bring in a young player who would be able to contribute both on and off the court.
“He’s a fantastic young man with a very good story on his journey into the NBL, both personally and professionally. He’s done very well at College and has been doing very well at Ballarat this offseason,” Crivelli said.
“I think he brings a good experience base for a young player having had to lead his team both in College and in Ballarat. I think he brings a steady hand as a young player into a team needing someone with a little bit of experience”.
Melbourne United still have two remaining import spots to sign.
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