The Hawkesbury Jets 2019 State League season is set to begin with a clash at home against the Port Macquarie Dolphins on Saturday, March 9.
The team is made up of mainly returning players but they also have some new talent entering the club.
Point guard Robbie Powell, shooter Emmanuel Giddo and big man Trent Anderson join the state league squad that has been together for a few years now.
Last year Daniel Calcatera, a US import, joined the club after playing for a number of years at a high level.
He has previously played for University of Michigian Dearborn, from there he was drafted into the minor leagues before signing a professional contract in Spain for a season.
He came to Australia around four years ago where he played in Darwin for three seasons and then moved to the Hawkesbury Jets last season.
Calcatera said, "The team is looking great, there is a lot of good talent."
The State League side is in the division one of the Waratah Senior League and only managed around five wins last season.
"I think we will definitely improve form last season … I feel like it's make it to the finals or bust."
On new captain Trent Anderson Calcatera said, "He’s a really solid big that averaged 20 points per game a couple of seasons ago."
"We have been working hard and have come together quite well during training."
Normally a point guard, Calcatera will be switching it up and moving to the shooting guard position.
"I will be playing to score more this season, so that will be something I've been preparing for."
The rest of the Hawkesbury Jets are gearing up for the beginning of the season.
"The club is looking good this year … Youth League have a great team, under 18's have a solid squad and the rest of the juniors look strong," said Calcatera who will also be coaching the under 12's team.
The Jets State League season opener tips off at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium, Windsor on Saturday, March 9 at 6 pm.
This will be followed by a double header for Youth and State League against the Newcastle Hunters at home on March 16.