Melbourne United have signed Championship winner David Andersen for the remainder of the NBL21 Season. Andersen will join the squad as an injury replacement for Jack White.
The 212cm veteran most recently played in the NBL with the Illawarra Hawks, but Melbourne United fans will remember him fondly as a key member of the 2017/18 Championship team.
Andersen has achieved success throughout his whole career, winning three EuroLeague championships and numerous trophies in Italy, Russia, Spain, Turkey and France, in addition to the championship ring he earned with United.
It is that winning pedigree that made him the viable replacement for White at this late stage of the season, suggested Head Coach Dean Vickerman.
“He (Andersen) is just a great fit for us right now, we’re really excited for him to join our group,” Vickerman said.
“We feel as though he can step up on the court when required, and we can have full confidence in him due to his ability and experience.
“But the biggest thing from adding a player like DA to this squad is the winning culture that he will drive. He has been a winner his whole career, and the experience he will add is invaluable. We’re adding a bona fide leader who will already have the complete trust of the group.
“His talent, his relentless winning mentality and his experience are all pieces that will help us get closer to winning this Championship. We feel as though this is our time.”
Andersen will suit up in his #13 jersey tonight in the away game against the South East Melbourne Phoenix in Throwdown VIII. Tip-off at John Cain Arena is at 5:30pm.
David Andersen averaged 16.8 points, including three-point shooting over 50%, 7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game, across four games played, for the Frankston Blues in NBL1 South 2021.
The Frankston Blues will tonight take on the Ballarat Rush/Miners. You can watch the games via the NBL1 South website.