Melbourne United have finalised their roster for the 2017/18 NBL season by announcing the signing of star import Casper Ware.
The 27-year old from Cerritos, California became a fan-favourite when he joined the club in Round 7 of the 2016/17 season on his way to winning United's Most Valuable Player and being named in the All-NBL First Team.
With the opportunity to have a full pre-season under his belt and the addition of some explosive new talent alongside him, Ware is looking forward to returning to the NBL in Melbourne.
"I'm feeling very excited about heading back to a place that I love playing at" Ware shared from the US.
"I feel really comfortable coming back there and that was a big part of my decision. Being around the fans and the Melbourne United organisation - they just all make it feel like home".
Immediately following the 2016-17 season, Ware headed to France to play for ASVEL alongside fellow Melbourne star Dave Andersen.
Following his time there he headed back to the US where he took the court in 'The Basketball Tournament' - a national tournament which puts two million dollars prize money up for grabs. There he was named in the All-TBT team, but fell just shy of the major prize in the team's Grand Final showdown.
Most recently he's spent time playing in the Drew League, with Australia being the next stop on his whirlwind tour. He returns to Melbourne with added experience, but the same goal in mind.
"I'm just focussed on building on the things we did last season" Ware shared.
"We had a lot of good moments last year but I'm hoping we can extend that through the whole season and not just two or three weeks at a time".
Head Coach Dean Vickerman said it was Ware's infectious personality that he was looking forward to having around the group again.
"Casper is an elite level point guard with the ability to both score and distribute, but the quality that intrigued me the most was his defensive pressure" said Vickerman.
"I got a chance to coach Casper in pre-draft a few years ago, and one of my lasting memories I have of him was just his enjoyment of the game and his constant smile when he plays. I'm really look forward to having him back with the group" said Vickerman.
Melbourne United's 11-man roster is now complete with the latest signing. Casper Ware, Chris Goulding, Casey Prather, David Andersen, Josh Boone, Kyle Adnam, Peter Hooley, David Barlow, Tai Wesley, Majok Majok and Craig Moller.