The New Zealand Breakers are bringing back one of New Zealand’s premier big men for #NBL20, 6’11 Rob Loe who returns to the club on a one-year deal.
Loe will return to the Breakers after spending last season with the Cairns Taipans where he averaged career highs in points, rebounds and blocks. Rob was previously a member of the Breakers from 2016 through 2018, playing two prior seasons with the club where he established a reputation as a consistent high performer and a reliable crunch-time player.
As a perennial pick on Tall Blacks’ rosters, the return to New Zealand will be an easy transition for Loe, made even easier by Rob spending this NBL off season playing with Shea Ili and Jordan Ngatia in the NZ NBL for the Wellington Saints.
Rob Loe was a member of the first Breakers Development Academy and played high school basketball with both Tom Abercrombie and Corey Webster before heading to college in the US where he played four seasons for the Saint Louis Billikens. He has also represented New Zealand internationally since he was 17.
The Cairns Taipans released Loe from his two-year deal early in the NBL off season for personal reasons, with Rob wanting to seek opportunities closer to his family back in Auckland.
Rob Loe is a versatile big man and his ability to spread the floor with his three-point shooting coupled with a high basketball IQ, defensive ability and offensive rebounding skill will be welcome additions to the 2019-20 roster. Loe was the only major Cairns player to finish last season with a positive plus-minus, a stat made particularly impressive given the Taipans’ 6-22 record. He was also ranked in the top 10 most effective offensive rebounders and shot blockers in the league.
Loe is looking forward to returning to the club which has been an integral part of his career development. “I’m happy to be back at the New Zealand Breakers for the 2019-20 NBL season. It’s an organisation that I’ve been a part of since I was in the Breakers Academy growing up and getting another opportunity to put on a Breakers jersey is huge for me” said Loe. “I’m excited to get the opportunity to play for KB and the boys and looking forward to seeing the fans that welcomed me in my first couple of years here.”
Breakers General Manager Dillon Boucher is also excited to have Rob return to the team after a year in Australia. “Rob’s a fantastic player with a high IQ and will be a significant addition on the court, but it’s the intangible qualities – like his leadership skills that will be where we see some of his biggest impact on our team” said Boucher. “We were disappointed to lose him last season, as we’d hoped Rob would be a key part of the Breakers for many years to come. His return this season provides a substantial boost to the club and continues our tradition of building around a strong group of local players – a strategy which has brought us a lot of success over the years.”
Rob will join existing contracted players; Shea Ili, Tom Abercrombie, Corey Webster, Finn Delany, Jarrad Weeks and Jordan Ngatai on the 2019-20 Breakers roster.