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Burdon signs on for second season with Pioneers
Posted on November 29, 2010, 10:10am
Coming on the back of the revamped branding of the Mount Gambier Pioneers, the region's premier basketball team are pleased to announce they have re-signed guard Erik Burdon for the upcoming 2011 South East Australian Basketball League season.
Burdon is highly experienced player, having not only participated in the Australian Basketball Association, but is also a former member of the Adelaide 36ers, competing in the National Basketball League.
This will be Burdon’s second season with the Pioneers and to be able to retain his services is a step in the right direction if the club is to continue moving forward.
Burdon was highly sought after by other SEABL and ABA clubs but cited his enjoyment of the system the Pioneers have put in place as a major reason behind him re-signing.
"The decision to sign was easy. The club is heading in the right direction both on and off the court," Burdon said.
“It’s exciting times ahead for the 2011 season, we have a great coach that keeps improving my game and we have a tight knit playing group which is fun to train and play with every week,” he said.
Burdon was a starting guard in the 2010 season where he averaged 14 points, three rebounds and three assists per game.
Twice during the season Burdon achieved a high score of 25 points against both Ballarat and Canberra, and also led the side in free throw percentage, shooting at 87pc.
To cap off Burdon’s stellar season, he was invited to travel to China with the SEABL All-Stars team, yet another reason why he will be a valuable member of the Pioneers’ 2011 campaign.
Head coach Andrew Summerville said he was excited Burdon had decided to join the Pioneers for another season.
“He is a quality player and a quality individual that will only make our program stronger.” he said.
“Having seen Erik play in the past for the 36ers, I know what he is capable of and I know we only saw him at about 75pc this year.”
Summerville said it took Burdon a while to adjust to the strength of the SECBL and after playing limited minutes with the 36ers, it was always going to take him a year of big minutes with the Pioneers to get his game up to where it can be.
“I know I can go to him at any time, we have a great relationship, we trust each other and he is a pleasure to coach,” Summerville said.
“I’m expecting this year to be a break out year for Erik.”