BDS Logan Thunder Head Coach Jason Chainey has bolstered his playing squad ahead of the 2012/13 WNBL season, after securing the services of Hobart Lady Chargers American import Lindsay Laur on a one-year deal.
The 24-year-old from Minnesota, who has been a revelation in her first season in Australia since linking up with the Lady Chargers in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL), officially put pen to paper on last Monday (9 July).
Averaging an impressive 19 points and 10.3 rebounds in the opening 16 rounds of Australia’s premier winter basketball league, new Thunder head coach Chainey is confident the 190cm forward will fill the void left by the departed Cayla Francis and Renae Camino.
“Any player who is delivering stats like that in one of Australia’s best domestic leagues you have to sit up and have a look at,” Chainey said
“She brings great versatility; she can play from the one spot through to the five spot, she shoots the ball well from the perimeter and can play back to the basket, so I genuinely think that she is going to be a handful to manage for most teams.”
Shooting at just under 44 per cent from the floor and a league best 89.7 per cent from the foul line, Chainey regards Lair as the complete package, who will predominately fill the four spot.
“She seems to have it all as a player and this is something that excites me about the sort of player that she is,” he said.
“What attracted me to her also was the fact that she has a very cool demeanor and solid leadership skills and seems to fit in well with teams and make players around her even better.
“Most importantly, she is a great person who is a great fit within our organisation, so we are very much looking forward to her arriving.”
Chainey believes the towering Laur, who also attracted interest from WNBL clubs Southern Design Sydney Uni Flames and West Coast Waves, will add to the shooting firepower of his team.
“The way in which we have recruited this year, we have scoring punch from our point guard right through to our five man,” he said.
“I believe that on any given night any of the girls could drop 20 plus points and that is something that I know Lindsay has the ability to do.”
Following an outstanding four-year college career at the University of Milwaukee, Lindsay played professionally overseas for several years before heading Down Under.
The Thunder is expected to announce more signings in the coming weeks as the start of the 2012-13 WNBL season approaches.