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Webster returns for second development stint

Quake Webster will again suit up for the Southland Sharks as one of its two local rostered Development Players for the 2023 Sal’s New Zealand National Basketball League.

Riverton’s Webster was an obvious choice to return after impressing his teammates and coaches with his work ethic last season and as one of Southland’s brightest young talents, he is excited by the prospect of another season in the Shark Tank.

“It’s definitely easier starting a second year, knowing what I’m in for and it was a good learning year for me last season,” Webster said.

“Guy (Molloy, Sharks Head Coach) has been great and I can tell he has so much to offer so I’m just going to learn as much as I can,” he said.

Meanwhile, Molloy firmly believes Webster is bursting with potential, ready to be harnessed.

“Quake is a point guard with a very good fundamental base and a good IQ for the game and he combines good natural speed and athletic talent with a strong desire to learn and a want to get better. I’m really keen to see how much he will improve throughout the course of the year,” Molloy said.

The Sharks Head Coach is a strong believer in developing local talent and said the Development roles within his squad will play a very important role.

“Generally, you are only as good as your preparation allows you to be, so the more talent and depth you’ve got the better because you are not playing opposition teams as you prepare, you are doing it internally,” he said.

"I’ve always felt for the longer term that if you can “grow your own veges” and you get people immersed in your culture early, then it can be a great long-term result for your club,” Molloy said.

The Southland Sharks open its 2023 Sal’s NBL campaign on Good Friday (April 7) at 7:00pm against the Manawatu Jets at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill. Season tickets to all nine home games are on sale now from Stadium reception with individual game tickets available from Friday.

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