Canterbury Rams fans will be rewarded with familiar faces and homegrown talent, with Joe Cook-Green the team’s third signing for 2022.
Cook-Green is looking forward to returning home to Christchurch after a season with the Eastern Suns in the NBL1. He has a history with the Rams, playing a season in 2014 before heading to Texas Wesleyan University to play US college basketball. He returned to the Rams in 2020/21.
According to Canterbury Rams General Manager Caleb Harrison: “When the Sal’s National Basketball League kicks off in April, our supporters will recognise a strong core group, starting with Taylor Britt (signed 24 November), Max Darling (signed 10th January) and Joe Cook-Green, whose plans have been confirmed today.”
Cook-Green played under incumbent Rams Head Coach Judd Flavell in 2014, as part of the New Zealand Junior National programme.
“There will be an opportunity this season to build on existing relationships and leverage established ways of working together, between our coaching team and athletes.”
“This makes 2022 incredibly exciting – from a Mainland Eagles Academy point of view as well.”
In Australia over the winter, the former Junior Tall Black, Cook-Green was involved with delivering coaching programs for the Eastern Suns franchise.
Cook-Green will extend his commitment to growing athletes and skill development, by providing support to Canterbury Rams Assistant Coach Adam Morgan and the Mainland Eagles Academy.
“From his days at Cashmere High School to being a familiar face at Cowles Stadium, Joe is part of a squad with strong connections to coaching and community.”
“We welcome Joe’s return, his technical knowledge and energy. Our fans benefit as we build on an exciting foundation of trusted, talented, players in 2022.”