The South East Melbourne Phoenix have announce its sixth player signing ahead of its inaugural Hungry Jack’s NBL season, securing Aussie big man Dan Trist on a two-year deal (club option year two).

Trist is the modern big who can play at both the four and five positions, run the floor and stretch the defence.

He can score too, but it’s his budding passing game that draws similarities to a younger Tai Wesley, which is a quality that excites Phoenix head coach Simon Mitchell.

“Wherever Dan has played he’s show he can score whether it’s running the floor, in the block, or facing the basket – he gets buckets. I see similarities to a young Tai Wesley in his approach and progress,” coach Mitchell said.

“Over the past few months in Spain we have seen a really positive growth in his passing and playmaking, which makes him so much more dangerous.”

Fans will remember the 206-centimetre big man joining Melbourne United last season and his strong college career at Lafayette, leading his side to the Patriot League title while earning All-Conference First Team and All-Tournament selections.

Currently playing for Caceres in the Spanish LEB Gold in the NBL off-season, Trist is ready to prove he has a ton to offer to a promising, versatile Phoenix roster.

“Dan is a bull. He is strong, physical and he has a little chip on his shoulder. He knows he’s a productive NBL player and he will be hell bent on proving that,” coach Mitchell added.

“When it comes to work ethic, Dan is at the top of the tree. He asks questions, absorbs film, and is in constant pursuit of self-improvement.

I think in the past 12 months he has found greater life balance which will enable him to work smarter with greater focus, and this will only see his career blossom further.”

Trist is currently averaging 12.6 points and 8.8 rebounds for Caceres as he prepares suit up in the NBL for his second season.

Meanwhile, Phoenix announced earlier this week that Wesley and Adam Gibson had also agreed to jump on board with the club and play in the heartland of basketball for next season.