Werribee find the boys back in town


The Werribee Basketball Club is excited to announce the re-signing of Jeremy Smith and Fred Hunter for the 2017 Senior Championship Men Big V season.

“Our top priority this offseason was to get Jeremy and Fred back to Werribee,” says second year head coach Michael Czepil. “They both made a massive contribution to our club this past season, both on and off the court, so we are thrilled they want to come back and continue the work they began last year.”

Both Smith and Hunter played a major role in the club’s 3-win improvement 2016 Big V Season.

Smith, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged a team-best 24.5 points (second in the league) with 8.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 22 games. He shot 59.1% from the field and 41% from three-point range. Smith was fourth in the league in free throws made.

Smith, at his home in New Orleans, Louisiana, is looking forward to another season in the Big V.

“I can't wait to get back in the Werribee community,” Smith says. I felt like I left with a bit of unfinished business both on and off the court. I look forward to making an impact and accomplishing more during the 2017 season.”

Hunter, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 19.3 points along with 9.4 rebounds (seventh in the league) and 3.1 assists across 18 contests. He shot 45% from the field for the season. Hunter led the league in steals with 2.2 per game.

Hunter, also based in New Orleans during the offseason, echoes Smith’s excitement in committing to Werribee for the 2017 season.

“I'm happy to be returning back to Werribee... being able to play with Jeremy again and play for coach Czep were a big part of me returning,” Hunter says. “I think the team started to figure things out towards the end of the season and I want to see how we go right from the start with each other. I feel like we can accomplish more.”

Both Smith and Hunter will join the team and its season 2017 preparations in early-February.

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