WHEN the Kalamunda Eastern Suns men’s basketball team take on the Joondalup Wolves they will be hoping to get a boost from their second import, Rob Brandenberg.
He will join fellow American import Courtney Belger to give the Eastern Suns added scoring power.
Brandenberg arrived in Perth last week after a playing stint in Spain and has promised to turn up the heat at the Eastern Suns home court The Furnace.
Brandenberg scored more than 1200 points, and stole the ball more than 150 times, during his four years at Virginia College University.
He played a significant role, as a freshman, in the program’s run to the final four of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in 2011 and he will bring to the Suns invaluable experience.
He is regarded as one of the most memorable players in VCU history.
“I hope to bring toughness, grit, leadership, a spark plug for the team. I just hope I can bring a lot of energy and bring this thing together,” Brandenberg said.
Eastern Suns men’s head coach Michael Clarke knows what his new import can bring to his line up after the pair got to know each other at VCU.
Brandenberg says he is pleased to be reunited with Clarke.
“He’s definitely made the transition from Spain to Perth very smooth. During our time at VCU we got very close, we actually took some classes together so I got to know him off the court as well,’’ he said. “It’s just an honour to be here and I will do whatever I can to help this team win.”
It’s hoped Brandenberg’s arrival will help the Eastern Suns return to the winner’s circle after a disappointing result against the South West Slammers at home on Sunday afternoon when the Suns lost 80-98.
It was also a tough afternoon for the Eastern Suns women’s side which lost 68-92 against the Slammers.
By David Harrison