The Melbourne Tigers have confirmed that Mark Worthington, Luke Kendall and Sam MacKinnon will all make themselves available to suit up with the Cobras against the Vanderbilt Commodores. 

Kilsyth will also utilise the services of former Cobras import Brad Bridgewater to bolster the line up for this international friendly.

Vanderbilt are scheduled to arrive in Melbourne on Sunday 9 August 2009 and will take on Dandenong on Monday 10 August before playing the Cobras at the Kilsyth Sports Centre on Tuesday.

Luke Kendall Career Highlights

Leading contender for NBL Rookie of the Year in 2004/05 season before a knee injury ended his campaign after just 12 games … is a current member of the Boomers squad … played at Metro State under former NBL coach Mike Dunlap … earned First Team 2003 All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, First Team All-East Division and 2003 NABC All-North Central Region honours … scored the game-winning basket with 6.6 seconds left in the North Central Championship game against South Dakota State that sent the Roadrunners to the Elite Eight … was named to the 2001 and 2002 RMAC All-Tournament team and 2002 first team All-East selection … attended Box Hill Senior Secondary High in Victoria, Australia … was a member of the Victorian national championship team in 1998 and an All-Australian selection in 1999 … won a Gold Medal at Commonwealth Games in Melbourne … boasts one NBL title and two runner-up trophy.

Sam MacKinnon Career Highlights

Named the NBL’s MVP and Best Defensive Player in 2007 … won the Larry Sengstock Medal in 2007 as the Grand Final MVP … was one of West Sydney’s best shooters, ranking 2nd in field goal percentage, shooting 45.5% from the floor and averaging 14.5 points per game in the 2004/05 season … was also one of the league’s top defenders, averaging 1.2 blocks, 1.7 steaks, and 8.2 rebounds per game (2005)… competed in NBL Grand Finals in 1997, 1998 and 2004… runner-up in 2004 NBL MVP… 2005 Razorbacks captain… was a member of the 2001 (Townsville) and 2002 (West Sydney) Grand Final teams, but did not play due to injury… All-NBL First Team 2000, 2004 and 2007 … All-NBL Second Team 1998… All-NBL Third Team 1999… NBL Rookie of the Year 1994 … NBL All-Star Game 1996… NBL Slam Dunk Champion 1996… finished fourth in NBL Most Valuable Player 1999… won a gold medal with the Australian 22 and Under team at the World Championships for Young Men in 1997.

Tickets will be available at the door for this exciting match up.

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