As Oaklands Wolves prepare for their first season in NBL Division One, they have announced the signing of four Wolfpack alumni from the college.
Jerrel Layne, Dominic Scott-Robinson and Caleb Tabanar all played for Wolves' predecessors, Leopards, while Obi Egbunike signed for the Big Cats last season but missed the campaign due to illness.
Layne played for Leopards in 2018/19 but missed the 2019/20 campaign after undergoing ankle surgery. The free-scoring guard can't wait to get back onto the court for the Wolves: ""I’m very excited to lace up again and to do it for a well-respected organisation like Oaklands tops it off" he said. "We have a young and hungry squad and I’m looking forward to the season with them."
Coach Thomas Baker is looking forward to coaching Layne again: "Welcoming Jerrel back is a great for us; the set up this year has a key emphasis on British players and alumni from Oaklands, and Jerrel was in the first Wolfpack cohort" he said. "In training he has gelled with the younger guys already and is being a positive influence on them. I'm really looking forward to having him with us again this year as we begin to build this programme with great people involved."
Both Scott-Robinson and Tabanar played for Leopards while studying at Oaklands, and are pleased to be back with the club.
"It feels great to be back in the Oaklands environment with a great group of guys after being away for so long and dealing with various injuries" said Scott-Robinson. "I want to personally thank the programme for giving me the opportunity to play again."
Coach Baker is pleased to have the pair returning: "As an alumni of the college Dom brings athleticism and shooting to the team as well as being an all-around great teammate and a pleasure to coach" he said. "Another product of the academy here and following some recent injury issues we are excited to support Dom as he looks to have a successful career in this country whilst continuing his education.”
"It is great to add Caleb to our team again this year, having been part of Caleb’s journey in basketball since his time as a student at Oaklands. I am excited to add Caleb to the group of Oaklands alumni; drawing on great guys that already understand what it takes to be part of the Wolves programme makes my job that much easier. Caleb is another prime example of this and he will certainly help us!"
Forward Tabanar can't wait to get back into action again: "I'm glad to be back playing again this season after my injury last year" he said, "I am excited to be back with the guys at Oaklands and I look forward to stepping out on the floor with my new teammates."
Unsurprisingly, Egbunike is also keen to return to playing: "I'm excited to be back on the floor again with
the Wolves and I’m ready to contribute and play a key role on such a dynamic team this season!"
Baker is also pleased to have Egbunike finally available for his team: "It was a shame last year to have Obi’s time with us cut short, but it is great to have him back this season" he said. "He is definitely a great addition to the team and with his skillset and athleticism I am confident in his ability to be able to help us in our style of play."