NBL Team Overview: South East Melbourne Phoenix

THE upcoming season of the National Basketball League (NBL) is just around the corner, with the season opener slated for the 2nd of December. As the NBL Blitz pre-season campaign comes to a close, sides across the league will be finalising their preparations for their NBL22 campaigns. With that said, it is time for us to take one final look at each team, and how they are faring heading into the upcoming season. Next on the agenda are the South East Melbourne Phoenix, who delivered their strongest season in their short club history in NBL21, and will be looking to build on this heading into their upcoming campaign.

South East Melbourne Phoenix

Ins: Devin Thomas, Owen Foxwell, Tohi Smith-Milner, Xavier Munford, Zhou Qi

Captain: Kyle Adnam

Coach: Simon Mitchell

Record last season: 19-17 (4th)


Cameron Gliddon

Dane Pineau

Devin Thomas

Izayah Le’afa

Kyle Adnam

Mitchell Creek

Owen Foxwell

Reuben Te Rangi

Ryan Broekhoff

Tohi Smith-Milner

Xavier Munford

Zhou Qi

It was a much improved season for the Phoenix in NBL21, going from cellar-dwellers to finalists in just one year. In only their second season, the side claimed the final spot in the postseason, but were unfortunately defeated by eventual champions, Melbourne United. It remains clear that the side plans on running it back in the upcoming season, with not too much to report on the roster front. They were able to add some international talent in Zhou and Munford, while keeping the core group of stars such as Creek and Adnam that served them so well last season. The loss of star guard Keifer Sykes will likely sting, but it also provides the opportunity for Munford to take the reins and make this team his own as they push for a maiden championship in their third NBL season.

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