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Creek to come home

  • Creek to come home

Mitch Creek has signed to play in the NBL

Horsham basketballer Mitch Creek has signed with the South East Melbourne Phoenix to play in the National Basketball League.

The 26-year-old is currently playing with the Long Island Nets in the NBA G-League after trialling with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA pre-season.

Creek returning back to Australia all depends on whether or not he signs a contract with a NBA side for next season.

Creek is no stranger to the NBL after playing for the Adelaide 36ers between 2010 and 2018 and was also a member of the Boomers’ 2017 Asian Cup winning team.

Although he played 197 games for the 36ers, it was the lure of returning home to Victoria that really resonated with the Horsham born and raised Creek.

“To be back in my home state is really cool. I see the potential we have at Phoenix and it gives me goosebumps,” he said.

“To be part of a new franchise, there are so many positives for me. I can see myself building a career and a future in something that’s bigger than basketball.”

Creek led Adelaide to last season’s NBL Grand Final series against Melbourne United and was the leading rebounder in the series with 8.7 boards per game. He grabbed more rebounds in the post-season (63) than anyone since Chris Anstey in 2008.

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Phoenix General Manager Tommy Greer said, “Mitch is without doubt one of the best Australian players outside of the NBA and we are thrilled to sign him as our first marquee player.”

“He is not only a very talented player but will bring strong leadership skills and is someone we can build a roster around as we prepare to take to the floor next season.”

Phoenix Head Coach Simon Mitchell added, “Mitch is someone I have long admired from the opposition bench. His toughness and love for the contest are infectious and that’s a wonderful foundation to build upon.”

Creek is looking forward to the challenge of helping to establish that foundation.

“We’re going to have our backs against the wall, we’re the new team and I can’t wait to get started and build a huge rivalry with Melbourne United in the heartland of basketball," Creek said.