The Deakin Melbourne Boomers may not have been on court during the last round of the WNBL due to a bye in the schedule, but the club remained incredibly busy in the front office with news emerging today that Canadian Kalisha Keane will arrive in Australia in time to play for the Boomers this weekend.
At 27 years of age, Keane is a Canadian international representative and was the Big 10 Conference Player of the Year (2011) during a successful career at Michigan State University that saw her as the only Spartan amongst seven Big 10 players to have recorded 1,500 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 250 steals during her college career.
In recent times Kalisha has been playing in Europe with teams in Turkey and Israel.
Boomers coach Guy Molloy is looking forward to Kalisha coming straight into the team this weekend.
“I am really pleased we have been able to find a player of Kalisha Keane’s ability so quickly. Kalisha is an intelligent, versatile and high-impact player who will help shore up our front line quickly. She’s also renowned as a good teammate, and that quality alone is precious when the team is trying to find its form,” said Molloy.
Boomers GM Justin Nelson echoed Molloy’s words and thanked everyone at the club for helping bring Keane to Melbourne so quickly.
“It’s been an incredibly busy few days, we have moved very quickly to bring Kalisha to Melbourne,” said Nelson, adding, “The work done by everyone in our front office, the input from Lauren and Guy, and the professional approach taken by Kalisha and her management group at Slan Sports has been excellent.”
For Kalisha, who will be jetting in from Toronto, the chance to join the Boomers and play in the WNBL is an opportunity that was too good to pass up.
“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to come and work hard for the Melbourne Boomers and to be a part of the WNBL,” said Kalisha prior to boarding her flight.
“I have heard nothing but amazing things about the city of Melbourne, the WNBL and the country of Australia. I look forward to getting the opportunity to learn and see new things, and experience the culture. Basketball is such an amazing sport and can allow you to travel to some awesome places. Australia has always been on my bucket list.”
Members and supporters are encouraged to come and meet Kalisha at this Sunday’s Dads & Daughters Day (2:30pm) with the Boomers taking on the Sydney Uni Flames at the State Basketball Centre. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.trybooking.com/BOOMERS