The Wollongong Hawks have bolstered their front court after starting big man Larry Davidson went down with an injury. Luke Nevill makes his return to the NBL, where he has previously played for the Melbourne Tigers, Perth Wildcats and the Townsville Crocodiles.
Nevill has been a frequent player in the Australian Boomers squad over the past couple of years, starting in 2013 against New Zealand in the FIBA Oceania Championships.
Standing 7’2″ (218cm), Nevill is a big man to get around inside the paint for opposing players while he’s on defense and on the offensive end he can show a nice touch around the ring and out to the mid range. He showed off that shooting touch in the Sino-Australia Challenge against China earlier this year when he averaged 11.5ppg over the four game series. He’s also a very good free throw shooter for a big man.
One fairly big downside for Nevill however, is that he is extremely tentative when it comes to rebounding.
In 70 NBL career games, Nevill has a career average of 5.5 rebounds – not great for someone who is one of the tallest players to play in the league.
With the talent in the NBL this year (which promises to be one of the most exciting NBL seasons in recent memory), Nevill is going to have to be much more aggressive both in both rebounding and shot blocking if he is to help the Hawks get through the season.