Slammers announce key pair
The South West Slammers have bolstered their stocks ahead of the State Basketball League season with the signing of US college basketballers Corey Easley and Royal Crouch.
A former Perry Lakes Hawks’ player, Easley was signed this month and is expected to be the perfect partner for fellow import Tre Nichols, who arrived back in the country last week.
Crouch was signed earlier this week from Wayland Baptist University, where former Slammers’ coach Ty Harrelson is in charge.
Last season 32-year-old Easley averaged over 13 points a game as well as seven rebounds and two assists.
Slammers’ coach Michael Van Lit confirmed the club had signed Easley because of the loss of Jordan Hickert, who has moved to Perth for work commitments.
“We needed to secure another big and Corey was available, ” he said.
“He will bring something different to Clive (Weeden) and Trent (Worthington).
“Corey will stretch the floor. We will definitely have an up-tempo style of game with Corey.”
Van Lit said Easley was known for his outside shooting.
Last season Easley scored 48 three-pointers at a percentage of 39 per cent.
“He is going to be able to put up the three-point shots similar to what Jordan did last year, ” he said.
Van Lit said the loss of Hickert would hurt the side.
“He was a stand-out player for us in the play-offs, especially when we lost Clive (Weeden) and did not have Ty (Harrelson), ” he said.
Crouch is a small forward who has a great defensive game, last year averaging two turnovers and a steal at WBU, as well as more than 10 points a game.
Slammers director Carl Catalano said they expected Crouch to be in Australia next month.
“He brings an all-round game, ” he said.
The Slammers are able to play Easley, Weeden, Nichols and Crouch in the same side because Weeden and Easley count as non-restricted players.
Each SBL side can only play two restricted players per game.
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