The GMHBA Ballarat Miners are excited to announce that American import Roy Booker will once again be returning to Ballarat for the 2016 South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) season.
The 2015 co-captain, Ray Borner Most Valuable Player and SEABL All Star 5 agreed to terms with the Basketball Ballarat late last week.
“I am so excited to be coming back, Ballarat feels like home” Booker said when he signed.
GMHBA Ballarat Miners Head Coach Eric Hayes said “I am looking forward to Roy returning and improving as a player and a leader for our team” Hayes went on, “Roy returned from injury and did a very good job putting points on the board for us and lead the competition in this statistic”.
Booker has spent the past two SEABL season’s with the Ballarat Miners, unfortunately his 2014 season ended prematurely with a serious achillies injury. Booker returned in 2015 and took off from where he left before the injury with his outstanding sharp shooting.
Bookers impressive season saw him finish with SEABL statistics of the most points scored 602 at an average of 25.1 this included 215 field goals averaging nine a game and 91 successful three point shots at an average of 3.8 per game. Booker was not just a scoring machine he also had the second most number of assists with 125 with an average of 5.2 per game.
Booker’s contribution wasn’t just on the court shooting hoops, Booker each week attended a number of school and club clinics encouraging the younger generation to get active through basketball participation. Regular working hours for Booker would see him at Aussie Hoops clinics, specialist coaching with Ballarat High, mentoring young boys at Delacombe Primary School, Active After-School coaching as well as in school holidays Booker could be seen at each Holiday Camp and Skills Day.
Elite Teams Administrator Melissa Thomas said “Roy has been a great contributor to the community both on and off the court” Thomas continued “Roy can’t go anywhere in the MARS® MINERDOME without being stopped, everyone knows him and he always has time and get to know them”.
Booker is the first re-signing for the GMHBA Ballarat Miners as they look to put together a roster that will take them deep into the SEABL play off season.
Hayes would like to see Booker in 2016 “continue being a big scoring threat for the side but as a returning player Roy will also need to set a standard for any new players that will join the program on and off the court.”
Hayes went on to speak about how the preparations for season 2016 are going stating “it is challenging trying to put together players with the right balance of skills and personalities to get the best team on the floor, my experience from last year will definitely assist in this process”.
Booker if he could would return to Ballarat tomorrow, but the Elite Teams committee will meet tonight to decide when it is best for Booker to return to ensure he is in tip top shape for the season but also working within our community.