Sharks' Conklin signs with Townsville Crocs

17:00, Jun 30 2013
Brian Conklin
DOWN UNDER: Brian Conklin will play for the Townsville Crocodiles in the Australian NBL.

Brian Conklin capped off a fantastic week yesterday by producing a man-of-the-match performance for the Southland Sharks against the Waikato Pistons in the National Basketball League.

That outstanding showing comes days after the 23-year-old St Louis University product had confirmed he had signed to play for the Townsville Crocodiles in the 2013/14 Australian National Basketball League.

His stint with the Southland Sharks is his first overseas assignment since finishing up playing and studying in America.

Conklin has had a big impact on the Sharks team, who have booked a playoff berth, and his performances haven't gone unnoticed with Townsville snapping him up.

He racked up 32 points and eight rebounds to help Southland beat Waikato 96-85.

Conklin will join the likes of Peter Crawford and Jacob Holmes in the Crocodiles, who are looking to improve last year's seventh-place finish under the guidance of new coach Shawn Dennis.

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Sharks coach Paul Henare, who recruited Conklin to New Zealand, was delighted for his young charge.

"It's great, I'm really happy for him. I'm sure the Townsville fans and the Townsville Crocs organisation won't be disappointed at all."

Having Conklin remain in this part of the world increases the chances of him returning for a second season with the Sharks.

"Obviously, we'd love to have him back but it all depends on the timing of the season and his personal situation whether it's something he wants to do."

The Southland Times