Former Wollongong guard Ayinde Ubaka has been confirmed as a last-minute signing with NBL rivals Melbourne, the club which sacked him in 2012.
The Tigers announced the 28-year-old as the replacement for injured import Stephen Dennis, as a key weapon in the Victorian club’s bid to return to play-offs action this season, after missing out on finals in the last campaign.
Ubaka played alongside Patty Mills for the Tigers in 2011-2012 before he was let go in January 2012, and played out that season with Wollongong Hawks.
A 193-centimetre guard who can play both the point guard and shooting guard positions, forming part of coach Chris Anstey’s three-guard rotation, alongside Nate Tomlinson and rookie Greg Page, with star shooting guard Chris Goulding to return in November.
“I’m excited, it’s a good group of guys and I know a lot of them from my other years in the league,” Ubaka said.
“Now I need to sit down with coach, learn the plays and see how I fit into this group.”
The club has done all it can to lodge all the documents needed to get Ubaka’s work visa but won’t be able to suit him up until the paperwork is finalised.
Last season he played in the Ukraine.