NBL: Nick Kay ready to perform for Townsville
Australian native, and Metro State College star, Nick Kay has officially signed a two-year deal with the Townsville Crocodiles.
— MSU Denver Athletics (@MetroStSports) July 14, 2015
Kay had an extremely successful four-year career in the American college system and is now back in Australia refining his skills in the QBL, in preparation for the upcoming NBL season.
After his four years at Metro State, Kay undeniably stands among the best to ever play for the Roadrunners. His stats speak volumes of what he was able to accomplish; second overall in games played, fourth in rebounding, fifth in total points scored and ninth in blocked shots in the schools history.
Kay averaged an imposing 20.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in his senior year.
The 22 year-old, who stands at 205cm tall, will provide a scoring injection for the Crocs as they look to give reigning MVP Brian Conklin some much-needed help.
Nick Kay caught up with Jon Guarna from Nothing But Net Media to chat about his new contract, his time at Metro State and making the transition into the NBL.
Asked how it feels to be a member of the Townsville Crocs, Kay was obviously ecstatic, "It feels great. Townsville is a great program, to have the opportunity to play for them is a dream come true. To be in the NBL now is just phenomenal."
He is familiar with some of the faces in Townsville which will can only make his transition smoother, "I've spoken to a lot of guys up there, the coaching staff and I'm really excited about heading up there and getting to meet a few of the new guys and catching up with some of the ones I already know," he added "they're putting together a great team this year and I'm just glad to be a part of that."
Kay understands that with a strong team, there will be competition for playing time and he is ready for that,
You've got to work, you've got to compete for minutes."
Talking about his illustrious college career at Metro State, Kay had nothing but positives to take away from his four years in Colorado. "I wouldn't change it for anything. I love Metro, I love the atmosphere, I love playing there, the coaching staff and the guys. I'm really thankful for that opportunity."
When asked about making the jump from QBL to the NBL, Kay offered an honest insight, "It's an exciting step I think. It's a little nerve-racking but at the same time this is why you play the game; you look for these opportunities."
Kay made it clear he will arrive in Townsville ready to listen and learn,
Having guys like [Brian] Conklin around everyday at practice is going to be a great opportunity to develop my own game."
The addition of Kay will help shore up the frontcourt and add some much-needed depth to the team.