Blues double up inside with Majok Majok added to NBL1 roster
The ‘Frankston RSL’ Blues have doubled up on size in their front court by adding NBL centre Majok Majok to their season opening roster.
With fellow NBL big man Dan Trist set to miss up to the up to 8 games of the NBL1 season due to his commitments with Caceres in the Spanish second division, Majok’s addition is timely.
As a physical interior presence, the 6’9 Ball State graduate and four year NBL veteran with Melbourne United and most recently the New Zealand Breakers, adds size and experience – especially in the absence of Trist. In their 2018 SEABL season, the Blues opened the season without a full roster and paid dearly, losing their first five games and eleven of their first twelve. It is a situation that second year head coach Andrew Harms wants to prevent in 2019.
“We are thrilled to pick up Majok and really looking forward to having him join us.”
“We love his ability to defend the paint and really anchor our defence. He also provides us with a great post option both on the block and rolling out of screens at the offensive end. Furthermore in speaking with his former teammates they all commented on a what a quality teammate/person he was, which is really important for what we are building here.”
“Losing Dan was not ideal for us to start the season, but we knew it was a great opportunity for him and wanted to support him and work things around to ensure we got him back after his season in Europe ends. To get a quality player like Majok and combine him with Dan after the first month of the season has the whole club excited.”
After averaging a double double of 11.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in his senior year at Ball State, Majok spent a season in Slovenia with the Helios Suns. He then returned to Australia and turned out for Melbourne United across three years, averaging more than 5.5 points and 6 rebounds per game in his first two seasons. Injury restricted his impact in their 2017/18 campaign, but he still ultimately won an NBL title.
Majok headed to New Zealand for their 2018 NBL season, suiting up for the Wellington Saints. Fully fit, he would go on to terrorise opponents in the paint, averaging an impressive 14.8 points on 57.9% shooting from the field alongside 10.3 rebounds per game. With Majok in career best form, the Saints would narrowly go down to the Southland Sharks in the championship game to finish runners-up, but he did more than enough to secure a berth on the New Zealand Breakers roster for the 2018/19 NBL season. While he played 20 games during the season with the Breakers, he was unable to break through into the main rotation and averaged just over 6 minutes per game.
Returning to Melbourne, Majok is keen to reinvigorate his career in the inaugural NBL1 season with the Blues and help get the team off to a strong start. While Trist will definitely return, Majok’s long-term future with the Blues will be evaluated after the first seven games of the season as explained by Blues Chairman Chris Beattie.
“Adding a player of the calibre of Majok to help cover Dan’s [Trist] late arrival is a good insurance policy for the team,” said Beattie. “We can’t afford another slow start like last season. While we are looking forward to having Majok for these first few rounds we see him as a Frankston Blues NBL1 player for 2019 and hope to extend him for the full season if the fit is right for both parties.”
Majok will join a core group of Igor Hadziomerovic, Lachlan Barker, Damon Bozeman and Alistair Macdonald, with Trist arriving 7-8 games into the season. Harms is expected to announce further additions to the Blues roster over coming weeks.
The ‘Frankston RSL’ Blues NBL1 season commences on 30 March 2019 against the Waverley Falcons at home as part of a double-header, with the women tipping off at 5:30pm and the men at 7:30pm at Frankston Basketball Stadium.