Despite playing limited minutes in the 2018 SEABL season, Owili was a major factor off the bench for the Cobras, averaging 4.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in just under 10 minutes per game. Owili’s impact became clear when he saw extended minutes, with the athletic big man averaging 12.6 points and 12.0 rebounds per 30 minutes.
Owili’s energy and activity at both ends of the floor, coupled with his trademark smile, thunderous dunks and above-the-rim shot blocking have made him a fan-favourite at Kilsyth over the past two seasons. The 6’7 Kenyan native took significant strides with his low post scoring, perimeter defence and rebounding in 2018, and combined with starter Chris Patton to give the Cobras one of the SEABL’s best 1-2 punches at the centre position last season.
Cobras head coach Justin Schueller is excited to see ‘Dez’ return for the Cobras debut in the NBL1, and expects Owili’s continued development to result in an expanded role for the season ahead.
“Dez has been a great backup centre for us the last two seasons and we expect him to increase his role this year and find set mins in the regular rotation,” Schueller said.
“His rim protection and effort plays are something fans want – and love – to see.”
For more information on the new league, including fixtures, head to www.nbl1.com.au.
Key partnership opportunities with Kilsyth Basketball and the NBL1 Cobras are now available, offering the chance to partner with one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious basketball associations while receiving exposure on a national level.
The Kilsyth Cobras have bolstered their frontcourt with the addition of Melbourne United forward/centre Tohi Smith-Milner for the 2019 NBL1 season. Smith-Milner gives the Cobras a physical, skilful low post presence, possessing the ability to both bang down in the low post and stretch the floor with his impressive perimeter shooting. Smith-Milner spent the
The Cobra VYC Men and Women have tipped-off their 2019 regular season campaigns in impressive fashion, recording a pair of resounding victories over the Southern Sabres on Saturday night at home. The Cobra Women rode an explosive fourth quarter to open their season in style, dominating down the stretch to defeat the Sabres, 74-58.
The Kilsyth Cobras have signed Melbourne Boomers centre Sarah Booth for the inaugural NBL1 season. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Boothe enjoyed an impressive collegiate career at the prestigious Stanford University, helping the Cardinal reach the NCAA Final Four in each of her three years on court. Boothe then spent time professionally in Europe