In an exciting addition to this season’s roster, the Deakin Melbourne Boomers is pleased to announce the signing of 196cm centre Chante Black and look forward to welcoming the experienced WNBA professional to the Boomers family this season.
A top-10 pick in the 2009 WNBA draft, the 30-year old has played for Connecticut, Tulsa and San Antonio in the WNBA, along with recent stints in Europe (Italy). A product of the successful Duke University program, where she sits in the top 10 across numerous statistical categories, Chante recently arrived in Australia to play with Bendigo in the SEABL.
Coach Guy Molloy has been keeping a close eye on Chante and likes what he has seen, describing her talent and quality as a person as “a great fit for the Boomers family.”
“We are very excited to sign Chante, she is a professional who has played at the highest levels and will help us deliver an inside presence,” Molloy said.
“Chante brings size and strength to the Boomers, and importantly she also brings great experience that will no doubt add an important dimension to our squad. A highly-regarded professional, Chante has played with and against some of the best players in the world. Her presence around the ring will be telling this season,” added Molloy.
Chante brings Melbourne’s growing roster to nine players, with another player set to be added following the upcoming tryouts for development players.
“Our squad is coming together nicely, the signing of Chante is an important piece. We’ll run our tryouts for development players shortly, and in something new for the club one of the players we select will actually be offered a senior contract,” said Molloy, adding, “It’s a really exciting initiative. A number of last year’s development players actually made their debut in the WNBL, so it is a legitimate pathway for these future stars.”
For Chante, the opportunity to continue her time playing in Australia was an attractive proposition.
“I’m very happy to be extending my time here in Australia by becoming a member of the Deakin Melbourne Boomers,” Chante said upon signing.
“I have had chats with both the Coach (Guy Molloy) and the GM (Justin Nelson), they described a great basketball environment that I wanted to be a part of. From talking with them and others that have played in the WNBL, I’ve heard it’s a very competitive league with a lot of experienced players.
“My experience so far in Australia playing in SEABL has been good and led me to want to continue playing here. All of the players in Australia love the game and are supported by amazing fans. I’ve heard so much about the great culture and fantastic supporters at the Boomers, I’m really looking forward to being a part of that.
“I’m excited for the WNBL season to start and to meet everyone that supports the Melbourne Boomers,” Chante added.
Memberships are now on sale for the 2016/17 WNBL season, join the Boomers family today at www.trybooking.com/BOOMERS – if you join in July you will receive an invitation to a members only function to welcome Lauren Jackson to the Deakin Melbourne Boomers.