Men's Basketball Adds Marley Biyendolo of Australia
July 9, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's basketball team's list of newcomers has grown with the signing of Australian guard Marley Biyendolo, head coach Marty Wilson announced today.
The 6-foot-3 Biyendolo, who hails from Dingley Village, Victoria, Australia, attends the Andrew Bogut Basketball Academy and plays for the Dandenong Rangers club team.
"Marley is a very skilled guard who can play multiple positions at both ends of the floor," Wilson said. "He is a good athlete who has a great frame to build upon. He has a very high basketball IQ and will be a great leader. His maturity on and off the basketball court is something that will continue to add to the culture of our basketball program."
Said Biyendolo: "Pepperdine has been a dream university of mine to attend. I had been speaking regularly with Coach Wilson and Coach (Bryant) Moore and both of them took the time to really get to know who I am, my background, my family, and of course, my basketball abilities. I felt surprisingly comfortable on my visit to Pepperdine. I almost felt like I was at home. Walking around the campus, I felt like this environment was one I'd definitely want to be around, especially being so far from home. I'm very excited to become a Wave, and to grow and mature as an individual in the nurturing environment of Pepperdine University."
He began playing competitively for the Dandenong Rangers at the age of 10. This past season, he averaged 15.5 points, 3.6 assists and 5.7 rebounds in the Victorian U-18 Championships and 14.5 points, 4.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds in the Victorian U-20 Championships. His coach was Adonis Jordan, a former Kansas standout.
Biyendolo graduated from Cheltenham Secondary College in November 2012. He was captain of his school's team and averaged 18.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists his final year.
In 2011-12, Biyendolo had the opportunity to compete at the Asia Pacific Team Camp with top basketball players from Australia, China, New Zealand and Korea was coached by several former NBA players. He was also selected to the Victorian School Boys' Basketball Team, which competed in the national tournament.
Since graduating from high school, Biyendolo has been attending the Andrew Bogut Basketball Academy.
"Marley is a very promising prospect at either guard position," said Luke Sunderland, head trainer at the Andrew Bogut Basketball Academy. "His length gives him an advantage on players at the same position, as does his very well-rounded skill set. Marley will be just as valuable as a person, and displays tremendous leadership potential. Pepperdine will be a great fit for Marley as there are already a lot of Australians playing in the WCC. The familiarity of the West Coast and a campus like Pepperdine will greatly help Marley settle into life in the States."
Biyendolo is the sixth newcomer that the Waves have signed for 2013-14. In the fall, they landed a trio of incoming freshmen: Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS), Lamond Murray Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif./Bishop Montgomery HS) and Jeff Van Dyke (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS). Earlier this spring, they added JC transfer Malcolm Brooks (Brooklyn, N.Y./Cardozo HS/Lamar CC) and freshman David Jesperson (Merrill, Wis./Merrill HS).