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June 5, 2008
NZ Breakers development player Tom Abercrombie (Photosport)

NZ Breakers development player Tom Abercrombie (Photosport)

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North Harbour juniors Thomas Abercrombie and Corey Webster will take up positions as development players on the NZ Breakers 2008-09 roster.

Both players have been members of New Zealand national programmes and each has previously been involved with the Breakers development programme – Webster, a promising 1.85m (6ft 1in) combo guard, was a member of the Breakers academy programme in 2007, while athletic 1.98m (6ft 6in) swingman Abercrombie was a member of coach Andrej Lemanis’ first Breakers team which toured China in May, 2005.

The pair have recently returned from stints at college in the USA, Abercrombie at NCAA division one Washington State, under former Harbour import Tony Bennett and alongside kiwi-born Aussie Aron Baynes, and Webster at Lambuth University in the NAIA.

Both have elected to remain in Auckland and join the Breakers development squad with a view to pushing their claims for inclusion in the full roster in the future.

“These signings are a great result for the club,” general manager Richard Clarke said. “To have Tom and Corey decide that this is where their basketball future lies is fantastic for us.

“We’re thrilled to provide local juniors with a real option for playing at home.

“It certainly backs up what we are doing at development level, and in particular is a real endorsement of what Judd Flavell and his academy programme are working towards.

“These are the kind of players we expect to see in Breakers singlets for a long time to come”.

Webster and Abercrombie are already involved in the Breakers off season training group, joining Oscar Forman, Tim Behrendorff, Dillon Boucher and Tony Ronaldson in working out at the Breakers North Shore training base.