Earlier this year
Should the NBL look to revisit the Oceania rule?
Have not seen much traction surrounding the new 'Special Restricted Player' rule apart from the Brisbane Bullets signing Hiejima. But look how that turned out! Tai Wesley was a byproduct of the Oceania rule, and look at the impact he has been able to make for the teams he's been on.
With the recent expansion of the League, and more roster spots opening up, maybe the NBL should look to re-introduce Oceania, and look to re-classify it as an 'Asian-Oceania' special restricted player, while limiting teams to either one player, or a Next Star player.
There's a few players from the Oceania Region who would add some great depth to NBL Teams like:
- Josh Fox 6'6 Wing (Fiji - Played the last few seasons with Ballarat in the SEABL & NBL1, now signed with Frankston for the upcoming NBL 1 season)
- Earnest Ross 6'5 Wing (Guam - Former Perth Wildcat, played in Qatar, SEABL, SBL and was last with the South Bay Lakers of the NBA G-League)
- Marcus Alipate 6'0 Guard (Tonga - Played in NZNBL, most recently in SBL where he won a championship with the Geraldton Buccaneers last season)
Honourable Mentions - Jonathan Galloway 6'10 Centre (Guam), Darren Hechanova 6'3 Guard (Guam), Rehiti Sommers 6'5 Forward (Tahiti)