The Sunbury Jets have scored early in terms of season 2019 with a returning import coming back to don the Jets colours.
The Sunbury Basketball Association has been given a huge boost with the return of Ish Sanders to its Division One Men’s team for next season. The dynamic scoring guard helped bring success to the men’s program when last here, by helping the men make their first finals appearance in over 7 years. After the recent achievements around the Jets senior programs in 2018 with 3 out of 4 making grand finals appearances. The SBA wanted to recruit a player that could help the men have similar success.
Ish had a big impact around the club in 2016 and for him the decision to come back was made easier by the impact the local basketball community had on him. “I chose to come back to Sunbury because of the impact the people and the organization left on me. I am very grateful that this wonderful organization considered having me come back to represent them. I cannot wait to reunite, catch up, and hopefully entertain everyone this season.”
During his absence Ish had kept in regular contact with the SBA staff and was always interested in coming back. “Coach Kennedy and I have kept in touch ever since I left in 2016. We spoke several times about me returning to Sunbury but the circumstances didn’t allow it as I was to go play in Spain. Finally this year we spoke again and the opportunity presented itself. With no hesitation, I agreed to come play in Sunbury!”
Director of Coaching Kennedy had this to say about the signing: “Ish had an amazing connection with the people and community here. His character, work ethic, energy and community spirit made him a celebrity at the club. This is without even talking about his playing ability to play. There is no doubt that he will make a major impact on the men’s team next season. Now for the club it’s a matter of retaining and recruiting players to compliment his talents.”
Since leaving Sunbury Ish has been playing in Spain and has gained his College degree. After setting the league on fire in 2016 averaging 28.0 points per game, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists with a 39.1% field goal percentage. Ish said he is ready to come back and make an immediate impact. “I plan to come in and mesh with the guys and lead them on and off the court. On the court, I plan to do what I do, on a much higher level than before.”
The club is looking forward to having Ish back in the community. We anticipate that Ish will arrive in Melbourne for preseason early 2019.
Please see a list of accomplishments from his 2016 season:
1.) Big V All Star 5
2.) Big V Player of the week round 4 & round 6
3.) Big V Player of the month (April)
4.) Big V Runner up MVP
5.) Division One Men’s 2016 Club MVP