Saints lose a Tall Blacks forward, add another

The Wellington Saints have replaced one Tall Blacks power forward with another, signing BJ Anthony from the Otago Nuggets but losing stalwart Casey Frank to Pero Cameron and the Waikato Pistons.

Anthony, 25, had a career-best season with the Nuggets last year, averaging 20.3 points and eight rebounds and leading Otago to the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

He is now playing for the Adelaide 36ers, who are second in the ANBL with a 13 win, seven loss record.

"Beny is an exciting addition to the Saints roster, he is a very good scorer and rebounder," the Saints' new general manager, Fran Scholey, said.

"I think more importantly Beny plays hard and never shies away from the challenge."

Anthony is an ideal replacement for Frank, the long-time Saints' servant who will link with former Wellington coach Cameron at the Pistons.

Saints owner Nick Mills said the club had tried to retain Frank with a competitive offer but were outbid by Waikato.

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