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Star guard returns to New Zealand for NBL25

05 Apr
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Parker Jackson-Cartwright has become just the fourth import in Breakers history to stay with the club past their debut campaign, and will return to New Zealand for NBL25.

The New Zealand Breakers have fired an incredible shot ahead of the opening of the upcoming free agency period by agreeing to re-sign star point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright for the NBL25 season.

Jackson-Cartwright finished third in the NBL24 MVP voting in what was his first season in the competition, and had since signed on to play with Turkish side Galatasaray on an 18-month contract.

The diminutive guard was one of just four players to average over 20 points per game in NBL24 (20.6), and also finished second in the competition for steals (1.9) and assists (5.8).

Jackson-Cartwright says the only thing on his mind after re-signing for the Breakers is winning a championship with the club.

“I signed with the Breakers for one simple reason – to win a championship,” he said.

“This club has won multiple championships and when you bring a guy back like myself and a team that wants to win you think championship, you enjoy the process that it takes to be a champion and to be a winner each day no matter how hard it gets, because there is going to be adversity. We had tons of adversity this season and we fought to the very end and had chances to be at the top.

“That’s why you sign, you sign to be a part of something greater than yourself and as the season goes on you get better, and as you get better the team grows and camaraderie comes together, and it’s an overall invigorating experience.”

Jackson-Cartwright is just the fourth import in New Zealand’s history to recommit to the club after their initial contract, and has followed in the footsteps of Mike Chappell, Gary Wilkinson and Cedric Jackson in committing past the first season.

Mody Maor believes the guard’s early recommitment to the club could help shape the Breakers’ upcoming free agency period.

“We basically entered this off-season with a completely barren cupboard and a very small amount of players on contract, we still have a lot of dominoes that need to fall, and they’re not all going to fall our way. There are going to be some challenges in this team building but so far I am very happy.

“Two weeks ago you asked me what are the chances Parker re-signs with the Breakers, I gave you a number that was less than one per cent. From a basketball standpoint this is as close to a home run as it gets. We have a focal point, we have our marquee player, and now we can tailor the team to fit him and maximise his strengths. The real bonus that comes from this is now we can go and build around him.

“I hope signing Parker early helps us with our next recruitment stages and phases, I have to say all our previous imports have been our best ambassadors and they’ve been part of our recruitment process – Brantley was part of recruiting Parker – and Parker will be part of recruiting the next player.”

Jackson-Cartwright has joined Dane Pineau and Sam Mennenga on New Zealand’s roster for NBL25. The NBL free agency period will officially begin on April 15.

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