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Returning College Baller Alex Gynes joins the Kings
Thursday, June 09, 2011, 01:07:00 PM
Alex Gynes (pronounced Jines), is joining the Sydney Kings' roster for the 2011-2012 season, and cannot wait to pull on the purple and gold.

Born in Nowra on the New South Wales south coast, the 22 year-old, 198cm (6'6"), 89kg swingman can play multiple positions on the floor.

Gynes is an excellent prospect who was a standout New South Wales junior, leading the state under 18 team to a national championship in 2006 with a blistering run in the tournament that included a 40 point explosion in the semi-finals followed by a spectacular 26 point, 20 rebound game in the final.

That performance helped win him a spot in the under 19 Australian national team and brought him to the attention of US college scouts, who eventually recruited him to play at NCAA Division One Radford University in Virginia.

  Unfortunately he lasted just a year at Radford, finding it difficult to deal with the cold weather, but he blossomed once he transferred to the warmer climes of Nova Southeastern University in Florida where he had a fine career, averaging 12 points per game in his junior season and named the school’s Male Athlete of the Year, and as a senior in the 2010/11 campaign he upped his production to an impressive 18 points and 8 rebounds per contest, leading the team in no fewer than ten categories including points, rebounds and minutes played.

At Nova he was part of a strong Aussie contingent which included talented big men Ross Allsop and Robert Huntington, and he was lauded by his head coach at Nova, Gary Tuell, for his toughness and competitive nature.

Coach Tuell described him as a 'baller and an old fashioned gym rat'.

In preparation for his rookie campaign with the Sydney Kings he is currently playing in the Waratah League for the Central Coast Crusaders alongside Kings’ assistant coach Tim Hudson, and has made an immediate impact, averaging 15.

3ppg, 11.

0rpg and 3.

0apg in his opening three games and is coming off a fine effort against Maitland a fortnight ago, when he blasted the Mustangs for 23 points and nine boards as the Crusaders won a hard-fought battle.

Sydney Kings' Head Coach, Ian 'Moose' Robilliard, said he was looking forward to seeing Gynes bring his unique style of basketball to the roster.

  "A tough, but fair competitor is how I would describe Alex.

I have a great deal of respect for players who bring this level of intensity to the game.

He isn’t afraid to put his body on the line and he has a durability that is unique.

Alex will draw crowds at our games because of this fact alone.

I have no doubt he will be an important role player for our club and I am absolutely delighted he will be playing in a Sydney Kings singlet,” Robilliard said with a smile.

"Initially, we will play Alex as a Forward, and he is versatile so expect to see him play Small or Power Forward, if and when we need it," he added.

"Coach Tuell assures me that Alex knows how to score points.

He also said that he has a very strong body, which he uses to good effect to post up players.

The fans will be pleased to hear that he has a strong three-point shooting game, which he worked on so successfully during college that he was the team's leading scorer and MVP for the past two seasons".

Alex has a Major in Business Administration from NSU, and lists parents David and Christine as the most influential people in his life.

Interestingly, although Alex describes himself as a through and through State of Origin Blues supporter, his greatest sporting hero and role model is Queenslander, Darren Lockyer; due to the way he conducts himself both on and off the field and the passion and determination he displays when he runs out onto the field.

Speaking about his call up to the Sydney Kings, Alex said his one of his aims is to bring energy and a strong work ethic to every practice and game in order to push his teammates.

While off the court, he is looking forward to giving back to the younger community and showing them that with hard work and determination they can reach their goals can.

"The main reason I signed with the Sydney Kings is because of the prestigious history of the club and to be apart of the re-emergence of the Sydney Kings.

It will also be great to play in front of my home state," Alex said.

"My personal goals for the upcoming season are to work hard each day and bring the energy in order to help put the Sydney Kings in the best position to be successful.

I am also looking forward to helping the club re-emerge and get them back to where they were when I used to watch them as a child," he added.

  "Loyalty to the team and the trust in my teammates are both equally important to me.

If each member shows loyalty and trust towards one another, it sets a great foundation to build a happy and winning culture.

" In relation to Coach Tuell's comment about him being an old -fashioned gym rat, Alex laughed and said that Coach Tuell demands effort, and if you are not passionate about working hard you wont last long in his program.

"All I can say is that I try to make the most out of every time I'm on the floor.

It’s not about me personally, it’s the fact that If I don’t work hard I would just be letting my teammates down," Alex said.

His tough-minded, relentless attitude, commitment to hard work and undoubted talent make him an ideal fit in Coach Ian ‘Moose’ Robilliard’s squad, and he’ll be competing for minutes right off the bat.

Look for Alex, who’ll be wearing the number 12 made famous by legendary Kings’ tough guy Mark Dalton, to be a genuine contributor to the purple and gold as we begin our drive to the playoffs in 2011/12.

Stay tuned on Kings Facebook and Kings TV for an interview with Alex later this week.