Electric guard Eric Devendorf is returning to New Zealand, having signed for the Supercity Rangers for the 2014 season.
Well known to NBL fans, Devendorf originally played for the Waikato Pistons, where he wowed fans with his phenomenal shooting, scoring 49 points on his debut, before an off-court incident caused him to move to the Wellington Saints, where he averaged 23 points per game.
On top of that, Devendorf played in the ANBL with the Melbourne Tigers, a league he wants to return to given the potential league expansion rumoured to take place, before playing in Turkey, Ukraine, Greece, Israel and the NBA Development League.
During his time with the Tigers, Devendorf played alongside Rangers player Daryl Corletto, and with the fast tempo that coach Aik Ho wants the Rangers to play, Devendorf’s speed, shooting and underrated passing ability could be a perfect fit.
In a statement, Ho said:
‘We are excited to bring a player of Eric’s calibre, who has been successful in the past in NZ and now has another good opportunity to lead an exciting franchise to success as well. We wanted to bring a player into Rangers who suited our style and hope to pass on some of those attacking skills and experiences onto our young development players at the club’.
With Dillon Boucher, Duane Bailey, Houston O’Riley and Corletto already being key pieces signed on to the Waitakere-based franchise, and rumours still emanating around Alex Pledger’s potential appearance in Rangers colours, there could be yet another stellar team in contention for the title this season in what is shaping up to be the best NBL in many years.