Heroes Den Bosch has found its point guard for the 2022-2023 season in Emmett Naar. The 28-year-old Australian comes over from Illawarra Hawks (AUS-1), who play in the strong NBL league. Apart from a brief outing to Canterbury Rams (NZL-1) in 2018-2019 season, Naar played his entire professional career for Illawarra Hawks until this summer. In the same season, he also played with Phoenix Suns in the NBA Summer League.

The 1.85-metre long Naar played college basketball at Saint Mary’s (NCAA). In Den Bosch, the point guard signed a contract for one season. Currently, Naar is still playing in the Australian Summer League (until mid-August) for Ringwood Hawks.

Naar has five international matches for Australia to his name so far. Averaging 7.7 assists per game, he is the assist leader for Australia in the World Cup Qualifiers. He recently played in the national team behind Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs and Brooklyn Nets). At a younger age, Naar played with Australia at the U19 World Cup in the Czech Republic.

With the signing of Emmett Naar, the technical staff of Heroes Den Bosch has done a remarkable recruitment. Technical manager Roel van de Graaf explains: “Innovative and creative thinking fits into the DNA of Heroes. With the recruitment of Emmett we have not for the first time achieved something special, I think.”

Head coach Erik Braal adds: “Emmett has played in the Australian NBL in recent years and that is an extremely strong league. During his time in the US he was floor leader in a successful team and on top of that he recently played for the Australian national team. So his experience and achievements speak for themselves, but most importantly he is exactly the type of point-guard we were looking for.”

“I will be playing basketball in Europe for the first time in my career,” opens Naar. “Of course it’s exciting to literally go to the other side of the world, but I think it’s a great opportunity for me to develop myself, both athletically and personally. I have spoken with coach Braal and his view on basketball and team play appeals to me. I am looking forward to being his extension on the court.”

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