New Canterbury Rams head coach Mick Downer hasn’t wasted anytime, today releasing his first signing of the upcoming National Basketball season, which happens to be a resigning of Tony Tolovae.
It’ll be Tolovae’s third season with the Rams after taking on a leadership role within the team last year, he also played in the red and black in 2014. Tolovae has 2 seasons of experience in the ANBL with the Illawara Hawks and Sydney Kings as well.
‘We are really excited as a club that Tony is returning to the Rams this season after he completes his time in Europe.’ Said Downer.
‘From the first conversation with him it was apparent that he is a great culture guy and happy to do whatever is needed for the team to be successful. After watching some games from last year and talking to fellow coaches it’s apparent that Tony’s versatility at both ends of the floor will really suit the style of game we want to play this year at the Rams,” he went on to say.
Tolovae is currently performing to his usual high standard at Gimie BBK in Norway, averaging 16 points and 5 rebounds per game. He’s helped take them from the bottom of the Norway League to 1st place in just 1 season since his arrival. Tolovae will join the Rams after the conclusion of the Norway season in early April. He was also a part of the New Zealand Select tour who toured China last year and is part of the wider Tall Blacks Squad.
Downer made the announcement from Australia where he’s currently the assistant coach for the Brisbane Bullets. He’ll bring 11 years of ANBL experience as well as National Coaching experience with the Australian Boomer as an assistant coach at the Rio Olympics to his new role as the head coach of the Canterbury Rams.