The South East Melbourne Phoenix have added their first import for the 2020-21 NBL season, signing forward Ben Moore to a one-year deal.
Moore, 25, is coming off a stint in the NBA G-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, and has earned a pair of two-way contracts -- one with the Indiana Pacers, and the other with the San Antonio Spurs -- over the course of his young career.
In 30 outings with the Mad Ants over the 2019-20 G-League season, Moore averaged 13.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, highlighted by a 17-point, 19-rebound effort against the Capital City Go-Go in January.
"It just sounded like a great opportunity for me and I think I could bring some things to the team that are really going to help them out, so I'm really excited about getting there," Moore said.
"I heard the culture is already really good there so it should be a great fit. I'm going to play as hard as I can every game. Defensively, I'm going to bring a lot to the team and I'm going to try to embody the (team) culture.
"I'm going to bring it every day to practice. I'm just going to have a great work ethic and take things as they come...doing what I can for the team. I'm a blue-collar kind of player, that's what they (the fans) can expect."
Undrafted out of SMU, Moore spent the majority of his time in the G-League, before taking his professional career abroad for the first time in 2019, suiting up for Galatasaray in Turkey. Moore was also a member of the USA Basketball team that competed in the 2018 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, playing under Jeff Van Gundy.
The 6'8 forward is built in a similar mould to former Sydney Kings import, Jae'Sean Tate; a frontcourt player who doesn't necessarily have a true position, but can make an impact on both ends because of his versatility.
Phoenix head coach, Simon Mitchell, says he plans to use Moore at both forward positions and the centre spot, as the team's roster nears completion.
"He came extremely recommended," Mitchell said. "Larry Brown coached him in college and rated him the best team-player he's ever coached. When you get an NBA Hall of Famer talking up a kid like that, then you take notice.
"I think he's a bit of a Swiss army knife in that he can perform multiple roles; he can play the five-spot, certainly plays the four-spot and can play the three-spot as well. He's inside, outside and brings constant energy.
"We just felt like he ticks so many boxes for us. We love his length, we love his athletic ability, we love his versatility, and we think he's going to be the guy for us."
Moore joins Mitch Creek, Cam Gliddon, Kyle Adnam, Yanni Wetzell, Dane Pineau, Adam Gibson, Kendall Stephens, and Reuben Te Rangi on the Phoenix's roster, and is expected to arrive in Melbourne in December.