Boucher a two-in-one for Saints

Dillon Boucher will play and help coach at the Saints.
Dillon Boucher will play and help coach at the Saints.

Dare we suggest the Wellington Saints basketball squad already have one hand on next year's NBL trophy?

Having already re-signed Corey Webster to their 2013 roster, the Saints pulled off a coup yesterday by securing the services of one of New Zealand basketball's most decorated players in Dillon Boucher.

A multiple NBL winner with the Auckland Stars, Boucher was an integral part of the Auckland Pirates team that claimed this year's title, to go with the three ANBL championships he's picked up at the Brisbane Bullets and Breakers.

Boucher would assist head coach Pero Cameron at the Saints next year and take one of the franchise's two import spots, team owner Nick Mills confirmed.

"So we'll only run with one import and have Dillon as an import and assistant coach to make it work for all parties," Mills said.

The big name left on the shopping list remains guard Lindsay Tait, who looks a good chance to jump ship from the Pirates and rejoin a Saints team he helped steer to the 2010 and 2011 NBL titles.

"Lindsay has always been our No 1 draft [target], we've always gone after him, so I think it [the signing of Boucher] would definitely help us," Mills said. "It definitely wouldn't hinder us, they're close friends and used to playing with each other."

Perennially slow in assembling their squad, the Saints have been extremely busy during the off-season and Mills is confident the full roster for next year will be confirmed before Christmas.

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