Bullets get jump on Tassie rivals

THE Brisbane Bullets have stolen a march on the incoming Tasmanian NBL club by signing one of the Apple Isle’s best players, Tanner Krebs.

Krebs has spent the past four seasons playing US college basketball for Saint Mary’s Gaels, where he was fifth on the their all-time list of successful three-point shots.

The Hobart product loomed as an ideal signing for the Tasmanian team entering the competition in the 2021-22 season.

But the Bullets have got the jump on their future rivals, signing the 24-year-old guard for the next two years.

Tanner Krebs (left) in actin for US college team Saint Mary’s Gaels. Picture: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“It was in the back of our minds about the Tassie team coming in so we were keen to secure Tanner for a couple of years,” Bullets assistant general manager Sam Mackinnon said.

“He wants to play in the NBL this season so we’re glad to get him over the other clubs that were chasing him.”

Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis knows first-hand the talent Krebs possesses, having worked with him at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence.

“It’s been a pleasure following his growth at Saint Mary’s and I’m pleased that he has chosen to start his professional career with us,” Lemanis said.

“The way Tanner plays the game and his work ethic fit nicely with who we are as a team.
“Tanner has a tremendous desire to get better and I know he will give his all for the team, whether that be in practice, in games, in the locker room or making a positive difference in the community.”

Krebs, who represented Australian at the 2015 FIBA under 19 world championships, said his good relationship with Lemanis was a key factor in him heading to Brisbane,

“We have built a relationship over the years, so I felt comfortable going into the team with him coaching,” Krebs said.

“I felt like Brisbane gave me the best opportunity to play and have an impact immediately.

“I think the NBL is the best league to join personally because my ultimate goal is the NBA and I’m working through the steps on how I’m going to get there and the NBL was the most appealing way to go about it.”

Krebs’ signing comes just a day after the Bullets’ acquisition of former Adelaide 36ers swingman Anthony Drmic.

The pair have joined Nathan Sobey, Jason Cadee, Matthew Hodgson, Will Magnay and Tyrell Harrison in Brisbane’s squad for the 2020-21 season, which starts in December.

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