Kirksey goes to Keilor

Get ready to scream ‘Keilor Kirksey’ for the remainder of the 2021 Big V season!

Big V big name Nelson Kirksey has signed with Keilor Thunder’s Championship Men for the rest of the season. 

Hailing from Pittsburgh, USA, Kirksey has become a well-respected player throughout competition over the last four years.  

Kirksey spent 2016 in the South Australian Premier League as a member of the Woodville Warriors, where he was the league’s Woollacott Medalist (best and fairest).  

SEABL and Big V stints with the Kilsyth Cobras and Hawthorn Magic saw the 6’3 guard showcase his dangerous skills with ball in hand and an explosive first step proving too tough for opposing teams to stop.  

The 2018 Big V MVP signed with Broadmeadows Basketball in 2020, however the COVID-19 postponement of basketball quashed his chances at getting on the court. 

Keilor Representative, Lessey Hodgkinson, said Kirksey has been on the Thunder’s radar since early 2021 when he expressed slight interest. 

“With a level of uncertainty surrounding the return to basketball in Australia Kirksey took the opportunity to play in New Zealand’s National Basketball League,” Hodgkinson said. “With New Zealand’s Taranaki Mountaineers out of the finals hunt, we wasted no time snatching up the natural talent and bringing him back down under.” 

In his 2019 season playing for the Hawthorn Magic, Kirksey averaged over 21 points per game along with four rebounds per game and three assists per game. 

Hodgkinson said Kirksey’s abilities on the court are only the start of what he’ll bring to the Thunder basketball community. 

“Keilor Thunder is really excited to welcome Nelson Kirksey,” Hodgkinson explained. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, and we are confident he will be the perfect role model for our junior ballers. 

“Kirksey also brings with him the ‘edge’ we’re looking for to help take our program to the next level.   

“His on-court communication, leadership, professionalism, and composure are second to none, providing a positive influence on our game style.” 

With eight wins and two losses, Keilor’s Championship Men have surged in 2021 to lead this year’s competition. 

Luke Sist, Matt Spencer and Mitch Lukey are just a few of Keilor’s stars that top the season statistics in Championship Men. 

The team’s Head Coach, Liam Glascott, has full faith that Kirksey’s introduction will elevate their end of season run towards finals.  

“Kirksey has been a well-respected player throughout the competition for the past three to four seasons,” Glascott said. “Personally, having coached against him and having relationships with his previous coaches, I’m excited to see what he can cement in our squad towards the business end of the season.” 

The Thunder will recommence their season this Saturday night at Mullum Mullum Stadium as they square up against Blackburn at 8pm.  

As for what Kirksey’s involvement will be, Hodgkinson has this to say: 

“A Magician never reveals their secrets, but you can expect to see Kirksey donning the black and red this weekend against Blackburn, providing us with versatility across both ends of the floor.” 

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