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Melbourne Tigers to announce key signings for 2012-13 NBL season

The Melbourne Tigers are expected to announce their two most recent signings for the upcoming NBL season: guard Chris Goulding and forward Seth Scott.

In joining the Tigers, it will be Goulding’s fourth NBL team after stints with the Brisbane Bullets, Perth Wildcats and more recently the Gold Coast Blaze. It is a good pick up by Melbourne and the newly appointed head coach Chris Anstey.

Goulding represented Australia at under-18, 19 and 20 level and averaged 7.6 points-per-game, and2.2 rebounds-per-game in 17.9 minutes-per-game last season. Those numbers were down from the previous year, largely due to a drop in playing time. Listed at 193cms, Goulding can flat-out shoot the ball and will provide a strong scoring element for the Tigers.

Melbourne’s second signing is import Seth Scott. The 208cm American native attended Utah Valley for his freshman and sophomore years (did not play) before transferring to play at Portland State as a junior then senior. At the Vikings, Scott averaged 10.02 ppg, 5.50 rpg and 1.07 blocks-per-game.

Scott is versatile big man with the ability to create his own shot and if you’ve seen footage of his play, you’ll be well aware he can drop it from deep and finish strong around the basketball. Scott has spent the majority of his basketball career playing in Europe and North America after leaving college. In 32 games with Mexico club with Los Mochis in 2012, Scott scored just over 22 ppg with 3.6 rpg.

The signings provide Melbourne with much needed support. At present they have only eight contracted players and require depth at the point guard and backup two spot, as well as another tall. They join Nate Tomlinson, Ron Dorsey, Bennie Lewis, Tommy Greer, Liam Rush, Adam Ballinger, Lucas Walker and Matt Burston.

I asked coach Anstey last night about the two players joining the Tigers roster: “Very pleased but true test will come closer to season. Will be close.”

For the Melbourne based club, it has been an exciting time of late – last week they announced that the much larger Hisense Arena would be called home from here on in.

The Tigers tip-off their season against the Adelaide 36ers in Adelaide on October 7, 2012.

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