Kilsyth Basketball announces its first new signing for Season 2013 with power forward Brad Bridgewater.  Bridgewater, 32, hails from Louisiana, USA and after living in Australia for six (6) years and starting a family here will claim one of the team’s restricted player spots. 

Sporting the black and red colours will be all too familiar for Bridgewater, who initially came to Australia in 2006 to play for the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras.  Bridgewater spent two (2) seasons with the club and played 50 games.  He was an impact right away and brought a dominate presence in the paint for the Cobras.  Bridgewater averaged 18 points per game and 8.2 rebounds in his first season before suffering from knee problems which limited his opportunities in 2007. 

Bridgewater played for Louisiana State University and is a 2003 graduate.  He began his professional career in Europe, playing for KK Zagreb in Croatia.  Returning to the USA in 2005, Bridgewater joined the Harlem Globetrotters, a well know exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theatre and comedy into every game.  On the Globetrotters, Bridgewater acquired the nickname “Dunk man” for his exceptional abilities to score from great heights.

Bridgewater’s current stint in Australia has allowed him to compete on many teams in addition to the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras.  After his two (2) seasons  with the Cobras, Bridgewater went on to play with the Geelong Supercats, Darwin Warriors, Nunawading Spectres and Hume City Broncos.

Bridgewater has most recently been a member of the 2011-2012 Diamond Valley Eagles in the Big V Basketball League. 

Now that Bridgewater’s career has come full circle, he couldn’t be more excited for the chance to re-join his original Australian team.  “I am very happy to be back home with Kilsyth.  This is where I started and I have always considered the Cobras to be my family.  I look forward to the upcoming competitive season in SEABL and hope to once again make an impact on the team,” said Bridgewater.

Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras head coach Grant Wallace is pleased to have Brad back on the roster.  “Brad brings a very special quality to our team.  Having someone of his size and talent to fit in the mix with Auryn Macmillan and Tim Lang adds a lot of presence for us down low.  It’s great to have him back in a Cobras uniform.”

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras welcome Brad Bridgewater back to their roster and are excited for him to help the team achieve their goals in Season 2013.