The Luina Bio Geelong Supercats are thrilled to announce the addition of former Hobart & Mt Gambier big man Lewis Thomas to the 2019 NBL1 roster. Thomas joins the Supercats on the back of an NBL season in Adelaide with the 36ers as a training and development player. His addition will add much needed size to the Supercats frontcourt for season 2019.
With only five players from the 2018 roster being retained for 2019, head coach Leon O’Neill made adding veteran experience a priority in recruiting the roster for this season. The addition of Lewis in the front court ticks a lot of boxes for the club as they venture into the maiden season of NBL1.
Supercats Head Coach Leon O’Neill shared his excitement at the addition of Lewis for this coming season; “Lewis joins the Supercats following two impressive seasons with the Hobart Chargers and last year Mt Gambier Pioneers. He brings a wealth of experience to the club with international experience in England and the US college system as well as having represented Australia as a junior. This experience will be a huge boost to the club following the departure of Nathan Herbert, Jamie Medved, Kris Blicavs and Kristian Rocci at the end of the 2018 season”.
O’Neill also shared his thoughts on how Thomas will contribute to the Supercats in 2019, citing his multifaceted skill set as a huge asset to the club as they pursue a shot at an NBL1 title this season.
“Lewis is an excellent athlete who can score in a variety of ways around the hoop and has good range on his jump shot. He will be one of the focal points for the team on offence as well as having to guard one of the other team’s best forwards”
“Lewis will team with returning starters Maalo Hicks and DeMarcus Gatlin as well as a host of new faces in 2019 and we are confident that his inside outside game will fit in extremely well. Lewis’ signature was a key signing for the program in the offseason and we look forward to welcoming into the group in early March”, O’Neill added.
The signing of Lewis Thomas completes a well rounded Supercats roster for NBL1 in 2019. The addition of dynamic import point guard AJ Williams coupled with the return of veteran Nick Owusa and star American Demarcus Gatlin in the backcourt has the club positioned to make a deep playoff run.
Thomas and his team mates have all commenced pre-season training in earnest and will hit the court in numerous pre-season games over the coming weeks in order to be ready for a blockbuster round 1 clash against old NBL rivals the Nunawading Spectres.