Breakers re-sign Tom Abercrombie, Shea Ili

The New Zealand Breakers have re-signed forward Thomas Abercrombie and guard Shea Ili on Thursday, the team announced.

Abercrombie was re-signed to a three-year deal, while Ili will return on a two-year deal.

Abercrombie posted averages of 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds on 39 percent shooting this season. He encountered a sour patch of inconsistency to close out the 2017-18 season but is still a major part of the Breakers’ core.

Owner Matt Walsh is excited to have the 30-year-old back with the club.

“Tom brings a wealth of experience to the group and is one of the league’s premier swingmen while Shea has had such an amazing 18 months in the game, for club and country, and was deservedly named most improved in the league for his incredible efforts this past season,” said Walsh.

Abercrombie is one of the longest tenured Breakers in club history and said he’s happy to be back.

“This is the place I want to be, I have loved being here at the club and to have my future secure for a few more years is exciting. It is a period of transition and change at the club with a lot of exciting things on the horizon, I am excited to be a part of it,” he said.

Ili had himself a breakout season with the Breakers, compiling averages of 9.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 38 percent shooting from the field.

Ili is grateful to return to the club and is looking forward to more success.

“The club has supported me throughout my career so far and helped me improve each year, I know it is the right environment for me to continue learning and improving as a person and as a player, but these are also the years now when I am looking to step up and take more responsibility and lead the team. I am ready for that challenge and can’t wait to get to work,” said Ili.

Per the team press release, the Breakers mentioned that more announcements should hit the wire in the coming weeks.

The full release can be found HERE.

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