The Kilsyth Cobras have re-signed energetic big man Desmond Owili for their inaugural season in the NBL1.


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.”


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