The Sky Tower Auckland Huskies are delighted to announce the signing of Theo Johnson for the 2021 Sal’s NBL season.
The 195cm power forward played for the Nelson Giants last season having won an NBL Championship with Wellington Saints in 2019.
“Theo is someone that has experience in the NBL which is valuable for our young group,” said Huskies Head Coach Aaron Young.
“He leads by example with his energy, physicality and communication.
“He’s been around some good teams and I was fortunate to be involved with the Saints in 2019 when we won a championship together. Reconnecting with that relationship is great and Theo’s already had a strong impact on our team, ”Aaron added.
Theo played for the New Zealand Under 20 Team in 2014, a year after representing NZ at the 2013 FIBA 3×3 U18 World Youth Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia Championship where played alongside Finn Delany and Nico Buckrell.
The former Rosmini College standout, smiles when he describes himself as like a “Swiss army knife”.
“Talking to the coaching staff they want me to do a bit of everything. Be able to guard multiple positions, bring energy and physicality on the defence and be a good role player.
“Aaron was an assistant coach with the Saints in the championship season a couple of years ago. I had a chat with him last year about playing for the Huskies, so that’s come to fruition now which is really pleasing.
Despite being only 25 years-old Theo will be one of the veterans in the Huskies line-up and believes with his NBL experience he can help the younger players.
“Transitioning from high school, where you can get away with a lot of things, doesn’t work in the NBL. You need to be more disciplined, understand what to do and when to do it.
“It’s a great opportunity to grow my game and at the same time and help those on the team that have a bright future in the game.”
Two more Huskies player signings are due to be announced in the near future.
The 2019 Sky Tower Auckland Huskies:
Brook Ruscoe, Nick Barrow, Tom Vodanovich, Theo Johnson, Chris McIntosh, Reuben Fitzgerald, Jackson Smyth, Sean Murphy, Kiani Saxon and American guard Armoni Brooks.
The Huskies begin their 2021 NBL campaign with a trip down the southern motorway on Sunday April 25th to take on the Franklin Bulls.
The Huskies first home game will be on Friday April 30th against Manawatu Jets at Eventfinda Stadium. You can purchase your 2021 Huskies membership here.