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United add dynamic big-man Akech Aliir as Development Player

05 Jul
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Melbourne United Media

Aliir is currently applying his trade for Mount Gambier in the NBL1 South

Melbourne United is excited to announce the signing of Akech Aliir as a Development Player for the NBL25 season.

A 204cm big-man with the ability to protect the hoop while stretching the floor on the other end, Aliir provides a versatile option for Head Coach Dean Vickerman.

Aliir spent last season as a Development Player with the Adelaide 36ers, and is currently playing for the Mount Gambier Pioneers in the NBL1 South, where he is averaging over 16 points, 9 rebounds and a block per game.

Speaking to Melbourne United Media, Aliir touched on his excitement to join an organisation where he can improve, while competing for a championship.

“I just want to win, I’ll do whatever I can to win,” he said.

“I’m really looking to take that next step and make an impact for a club where I can have an opportunity to play, and Melbourne is the place where I think I can do that.

“Every kid dreams of playing in big games in front of huge crowds, and this year it’s really special to know I can have that opportunity with United. It’s going to take a lot of hard work but I’m ready to do that to make my dreams come true.”

Having thrived when developing big men such as Jo Lual-Acuil Jr, Jock Landale, Jack White and Luke Travers in the past, Dean Vickerman believes Aliir has the potential to grow significantly as a contributor in the NBL.

“The modern 5-man can shoot at a high level and he’s showing that with Mount Gambier, but I think the thing that attracted me the most is his speed,” he said.

“We’ve had great success in having bigs really be able to sprint the floor and attack off the dribble and he possesses that skill set.

“He’s made really big improvements between his play in the NBL1 last year and this year. We’ve seen strong growth in his game as a scorer and defender.”

Aliir’s contract includes a club option to elevate the 23-year-old into the main roster for the NBL26 season.

Aliir joins Chris Goulding, Matthew Dellavedova, Shea Ili, Jack White, Luke Travers, Kyle Bowen, Flynn Cameron, Tanner Krebs, Rob Loe, Tom Koppens and Campbell Blogg as contracted players for the NBL25 season.


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