Braswell re-signs with Sharks for another year

STAYING ON: Kevin Braswell has committed his future to the Southland Sharks for another season.
STAYING ON: Kevin Braswell has committed his future to the Southland Sharks for another season.

The Southland Sharks have received some positive news in the leadup to the 2014 National Basketball League semifinals this weekend with Kevin Braswell agreeing to sign on for another year.

Braswell was a key recruit by then-Sharks coach Richard Dickel in 2011 and has remained an important part of the franchise since.

Last year he played a key role in helping the Sharks to their first National Basketball League final and this year he has played an ever more important role in getting Southland to this weekend's 2014 NBL Final Four series in Wellington.

Braswell has carved out an impressive record in his 58 games with the Sharks.

This year he become the first player to reach 1000 points for the Sharks franchise. He brought up the milestone in style, scoring an NBL record 45 points against Taranaki in Invercargill.

Sharks coach Paul Henare was delighted the 35-year-old had committed for another year.

"Kevin has been a talisman for the other players this year," Henare said.

"He leads by example and his leadership rubs off on everyone else. When we have been down this year, without our other key players, Kevin has stepped up game after game and got the boys up. He is an outstanding ball player and shows no signs of losing his touch."

Henare said he was also looking to Braswell to step up yet again this weekend in the 2014 playoffs in Wellington.

"If you ever wanted anyone to go into the battle we are going to face in Wellington, I'd want Kevin next to me. He is that important to this franchise," Henare said.

While many Sharks will depart in the off-season, Braswell will remain in Invercargill where he will continue his role as the Southland Basketball Association development officer.

Southland Sharks and SBA general manager Jill Bolger said Braswell had become an integral person for Southland basketball in regards to helping with the development of youth, both on and off the court.

"K B finds himself in a place he never thought he would settle, doing something he loves. He is a huge part of what the Sharks and Southland Basketball have been able to deliver over the years he has been here and we are delighted to have him committed to us for a further year," Bolger said.

The Southland Times