Kings re-sign Gattorna as development player
The Sydney Kings have added a third development player to its roster for NBL24 by re-signing forward Isaac Gattorna on a one-year deal.
Perth product Gattorna, fresh off a championship-winning NBL1 West campaign with Geraldton, becomes the Hoops Capital club's 15th player for the upcoming 2023-24 season.
"From a development perspective, I think Sydney has the best people in and around their system to help me achieve my own goals," said Gattorna, who enjoyed his maiden season with the harbour city side in NBL23.
"[There's] just a lot of experience between everyone involved and I really enjoy being around all the people too."
The 24-year-old, who has also spent time with the Adelaide 36ers, believes his campaign with the Buccaneers, where he averaged 18.68 points, 5.23 rebounds and 2.32 assists during the NBL1 West campaign, will set him up for his best NBL season to date.
"It was a massive benefit being able to go play and have freedom for the off-season with the Buccs - allowing me to work on areas I wouldn’t usually get as much of a chance to at the next level," he said.
"Especially compared to last season, coming into pre-season with an injury - it’s just exciting being at full health and hitting the floor running."
Coach Mahmoud Abdelfattah is excited to re-add someone of Gattorna's talent to the Kings' group in NBL24.
"Isaac is familiar with this organisation and all the players, having been here last season, so he knows what's expected to be a King," Abdelfattah said.
"Everyone I've spoken to has raved about his work ethic and how he gets the best out of everyone each time he steps on the court and pushes people to be the best version of themselves, which is a great asset for us to have."
Gattorna joins Jackson Makoi and Klairus Amir as development players, which complements Sydney's 12 rostered players including Jaylen Adams, DJ Hogg, Denzel Valentine, Jonah Bolden, Shaun Bruce, Angus Glover, Jordi Hunter, Jaylin Galloway, Kouat Noi, Makuach Maluach, Sam Timmins and Alex Toohey - who is a NBL Next Star.
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