Following stints in America and Europe, Travis Trice will return to the NBL to bolster Illawarra's prospects (Photo - USA Basketball)

Illawarra, on the precipice of NBL championships contention, have brought in marquee signing Travis Trice to create an exciting combo in the back-court between him and Tyler Harvey.

The Illawarra Hawks could have sat back and been rapt with how their 2020/21 NBL season went.

Shooting back up the ladder under the watchful eye of coach Brian Goorjian and guided by the scintillating efforts of MVP finalist Tyler Harvey, the Hawks nearly went to the finals series after challenging the Perth Wildcats.

But not content with their improvement, the Hawks have made a big statement by today unveiling the signing of guard Travis Trice to partner Harvey in the back-court.

The pair will make an exciting and formidable duo of shooters in the 2021/22 season, with Trice bringing spades of experience from many countries and leagues to Illawarra.

The 28-year-old has already lit up the NBL at two separate franchises, winning the Cairns Taipans MVP award in 2016/17 for a season where he averaged just under 15 points for the Snakes. The following season Trice took his talents to the Brisbane Bullets, offering up 16 points, four rebounds and five assists per game to prove his consistency at the level.

Trice’s real wealth of knowledge comes with his experiences abroad, having twice played for the Westchester Knicks – the New York Knicks G-League side, to go alongside Summer League stops at Milwaukee and Miami to compliment his four-season stint at Michigan State in college basketball.

Trice will be looking to build upon two previous successful ventures at Cairns and Brisbane (Photo – Westchester Knicks)

Trice’s most recent campaign was spent playing for Galatasaray in the Turkish Basketball Super League, heralding his global experience that should hold the Hawks in good stead when he joins them for pre-season training.

Illawarra head coach and current Boomers coach Brian Goorjian was rapt with the announcement, saying he is “looking forward to working” with “a true pro.”

“Travis has played basketball all around the world in elite competitions and that type of experience and toughness is exactly what we need in this league,” he said.

“He can score, he takes care of his teammates and he plays defence, so he’s a great player.”

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For Hawks President and co-owner Dorry Kordahi, it was yet another moment for Illawarra to prove they’re serious about claiming silverware.

“If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times; the Illawarra Hawks aren’t in this league to take part, we’re here to compete for championships,” he said.

“He was a star in this league with the Taipans and the Bullets and we feel he is the perfect fit for our backcourt – we can’t wait to see him and Tyler (Harvey) in particular mesh and fans should be excited about what this guy can bring to our side.

“We have bold ambitions for this club, and this ownership group is trying to assemble a roster we believe can bring more success and more glory to our proud basketball family and followers in Illawarra.”

Trice has begun preparing in Phoenix, raring to join the Hawks for pre-season training later in the year.

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