ANBL: NZ Breakers sign centre Rob Loe on one-year deal

Loe. Photo credit: Getty

The Breakers have announced the return of Kiwi big man Rob Loe for their 2019/20 ANBL campaign.

The Tall Blacks centre has signed a one-year deal with the NZ-based franchise, after spending last season with the Cairns Taipans.

Loe played for the Breakers between 2016-18, after graduating from their youth development academy and taking up a UWS college scholarship at University of St Louis.

The Taipans released him from his two-year deal early due to personal reasons, with Loe seeking opportunities closer to his family back in Auckland.

"Getting another opportunity to put on a Breakers jersey is huge for me," said Loe. "I'm excited to play with the boys again and looking forward to seeing the fans that welcomed me in my first couple of years here."

At 2.10m (6ft 11in), the 27-year-old is a versatile front-court asset, capable of stretching defences with his three-point shooting ability, operating on the low block and also protecting the rim.

He averaged career highs in points (7.6), rebounds (5.0) and blocks (0.7) with the Taipans last season, and will help fill the void left by the departing Shawn Long and Tai Wesley.

Breakers general manager Dillon Boucher believes Loe will add plenty of value to the squad.

"Rob's a fantastic player with a high IQ," said Boucher. "He will be a significant addition on the court.

"But it’s the intangible qualities - like his leadership skills - that will be where we see some of his biggest impact on our team."