The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras have added a new face to their roster as E.J. Kusnyer joins the team for Season 2013.  The Cobras’ latest addition is a 196cm shooting guard from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.  E.J. Kusnyer heads down under for his first season in SEABL competition and will look to bring a dominate three-point shot and added defensive intensity to Coach Wallace’s team.

E.J. is a 2010 graduate of Mercer University in Georgia.  Whilst playing at Mercer, Kusnyer was second in the nation in three point field goals made (107) and recorded a blistering three point field goal percentage of 39.1%.  His three point baskets set a Mercer single-season record and despite only being at Mercer for two seasons, he ranks second in career three point baskets made with 190.  His collegiate career highlighted matchups against current Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras player Joel Narbugs (Stetson University) and former import player Garfield Blair (Stetson University).  Kusnyer was also teammates of former SEABL players Calvin Henry (Frankston Blues) and Zac Natoli (Nunawading) whilst at Mercer.

Upon graduation, Kusnyer began his professional career by signing on with the Rotterdam Challengers in the Dutch Basketball League.  Kusnyer played for the Challengers for one (1) season where he averaged 13.9 points per game.  Following his stint in Europe, Kusnyer returned to the USA to play for the Gwinnett Majic in the World Basketball Association where he improved his averages to 17 points per game, 42% from beyond the arc and 91% shooting from the free throw line.  Later that year, Kusnyer joined NBL Canada to play for the Oshawa Power.  Most recently, Kusnyer was invited to partake in a China tour, playing 11 games in eight (8) cities around China this past May.

“Basketball is a huge part of my life, and has allowed me some amazing opportunities.  Of all of them, I couldn’t be more excited for this next one.  I am so thrilled to be coming to Australia and to play for the Kilsyth Cobras especially.  Being aware of Kilsyth’s history and tradition of having a great Basketball program, I am honoured to be able to make my contributions to the team.  This is a great opportunity and I am looking forward to the upcoming season,” said Kusnyer.

Although E.J. has never before been to Australia, he is especially keen for this chance to experience firsthand a country he has heard so much about from his teammates Henry and Natoli.  “Calvin and Zac have been great representatives of the country and told me so much, I’m very excited to get out there and get to see it all for myself,” said Kusnyer, who hopes to do some travelling outside of Basketball to really get a good feel for Australia.

“Our team is rounding out quite nicely with the addition of E.J. to the roster,” said Head Coach Grant Wallace.  “E.J. will be a big threat on offense and his talents as a shooter will be something teams will struggle to contain.  E.J. has great enthusiasm and I know he will fit in well with our team.  I am very pleased with this addition and think E.J. will make an immediate impact on both ends of the floor for us.”

With E.J. Kusnyer heating up from beyond the arc and recently signed Brad Bridgewater drawing attention in the low post, the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras will look to have a well balanced attack in Season 2013.  The Cobras will be eager for opening tip off of the SEABL season with high expectations and the means to achieve them.