Kings pen Sydney product Rentoy as development player
The Sydney Kings have completed their NBL24 roster by signing Sydney product Jasper Rentoy as a development player.
The 23-year-old guard, who most recently played with the Eastern Mavericks, becomes the Hoops Capital club's fourth development player for the 2023-24 campaign, alongside Jackson Makoi, Klairus Amir and Isaac Gattorna.
"Signing as a development player with the Sydney Kings is an absolute dream come true," Rentoy said.
"Growing up, I went to all the Kings games and camps, so now being a part of them now, it’s definitely come full circle.
"I’ve always had goals to make it to the NBL, but never would I have thought that I’d get the honour to wear the purple and gold and represent my home.
"Born and raised in Western Sydney, I know it truly means a lot to them, my family and the Filipino community.
"I am very thankful to the Sydney Kings for this opportunity, words can’t explain how much it means to me."
The point guard, who started his hoops journey with the Penrith Panthers, believes the harbour city club is the best place for him at this stage of his career.
"At this stage of my career, there is no better place to be than a part of the Kings organisation," said Rentoy, who believes he can bring many attributes to the club including passing ability, quickness, work ethic and energy.
"They’ve been the benchmark of the NBL these last couple of seasons in all aspects and getting a chance to learn from the best, there’s not much more I can ask for.
"I’m really looking forward to learning from guys like Shaun Bruce and Jayden Adams, as they are elite point guards at this level, being mentored by them will only help in my growth as a basketball player.
"I am also very excited to learn from coach Mahmoud [Valentine] and Denzel Valentine, being from the NBA, they have a wealth of knowledge I hope to obtain from them.
"I definitely feel extremely lucky to have the opportunity to learn from the entire team and coaching staff, they have been great so far and I think it’s definitely going to be a fun year.
"I can't wait to continue to work, give my all and do whatever it takes to win, in front of our amazing supporters at Qudos Bank Arena."
Assistant coach Daniel Kickert is excited about what Rentoy can bring to his outfit this season.
"We saw a commitment to being the best player he could possibly be, day in and day out, and a desire to help make everyone else around him a better player," Kickert said.
"Jasper brings a high level of professionalism to his approach to the game and a willingness and eagerness to learn from his teammates.
"[With all these things being considered] I know he can have a positive impact on our club. "
The Kings tip off their NBL Blitz campaign on Monday night against South East Melbourne, with the match being broadcast on Kayo Freebies from 7.30pm AEST.