The CQUniversity Cairns Taipans are pleased to welcome Damon Heuir back for the upcoming 2017/18 NBL season, and his third consecutive campaign with the club.
The 26-year old guard has been part of the Taipans’ program since 2014, initially as a development player before he was elevated to the full-time roster in 2015.
In 2016 Heuir was the Taipans’ final signing to the 11th spot, but Head Coach Aaron Fearne has locked him down early this off-season.
“We took him to the 11th hour last season, and he’s gone through that twice now. This year, we know what he can bring, so we wanted to finalise his contract sooner rather than later,” he said.
“He knows better than anyone there is a challenge to get [to where he is] but then there is the challenge of staying there. There is always new talent coming through so you’ve got to continue to work extremely hard and keep improving.”
Heuir illustrated his potential early last season, setting a career-high of 12 points against the Illawarra Hawks in Round 4 – hitting four of his five shots in seven minutes on court to help secure a huge road win.
He set a new career-high just a few weeks later against the Brisbane Bullets, scoring 15 in the memorable black out game with eight huge three-quarter points, before the match was cut short at the Cairns Convention Centre.
“I think Damo made huge improvements last year. His maturity, his on-court play, his engagement with the team, and his energy on the bench was phenomenal,” said Fearne.
“He also really impressed with his ability to hold guys accountable. He’s been part of our program for a while now, and he knows what’s expected of everybody. So when guys weren’t pulling their weight, he would speak up and have a say.”
The Queenslander’s increasing confidence has advanced him to the captaincy of the reigning Champion Cairns Marlins this QBL season, where he is currently averaging 21.5 points.
“Looking back 12, 24 months ago – Damo was playing like an ABA player trying to be an NBL player and that is where he has improved and matured. Right now, when he plays for the Marlins he plays like an NBL player,” said Fearne.
“He is a huge playmaker for them and I cannot stress that enough. At the Taipans, whether you’re 20 years old or 35 – it’s about being hungry and never being content.”
Damon Heuir and the Cairns Marlins host the Rockhampton Rockets tomorrow night from 8:30pm at Cairns Basketball Stadium, Aumuller Street. Tickets available at the door.