Bullets sign Harry Froling to one-year deal

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Harry Froling has signed with the Brisbane Bullets on a one-year deal for the upcoming NBL season, joining former Adelaide teammate Anthony Drmic at the Queensland franchise.

Froling has the option of another year as part of the Bullets' latest free agency move, the 22-year-old big man returning home to Queensland -- he was born in Townsville -- after impressing for the 36ers in each of the past two seasons.

Froling also worked out for NBA teams the Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz back in 2019, and looms as a key addition for the Bullets' front-court when the NBL tips off in December.

"Harry is another quality signing for us as we continue to build our roster for the upcoming season. Harry's ability to stretch the floor will certainly provide versatility in our front court," Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis said in a statement.

"I've had the opportunity to work with Harry previously at the Centre of Excellence. He has a tremendous basketball IQ, sees the floor well and can instigate offence via the pass - which are handy skills for a player of his size.

"There is also a strong family connection here as I served as Assistant Coach with Harry's father Shane (also a former Bullet) in Townsville for seven years, so I feel that I know Harry on a personal level already, which will make his integration in to the club a smooth one."

Froling said he felt the love from the Bullets during the recruitment phase and was in little doubt it was the right move for his basketball career.

"I'm super excited. They were really excited to have me, and they were recruiting me the hardest out of everyone," Froling said. "I've always been told go where you're wanted the most not what sounds the best and Brisbane really wanted me and put forward a fair offer.

"I'm excited to get down there and excited for the opportunity. It feels like the right fit for me."

Meanwhile, the 36ers have announced the signing of power forward Keanu Pinder.

The 203cm forward has spent much of his career in the United States and Europe, having recently played with Polish Basketball League team Legia Warszawa, averaging 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game last season.

"Keanu Pinder was a highly sought-after player in free agency, and we are thrilled he chose to join the 36ers," 36s chairman Grant Kelley said. "Together with Daniel Johnson and Isaac Humphries he will bring great athleticism and competitiveness to our team, and strengthen our offensive capability, which we promised our fans would be a priority for the upcoming season."