Kyle Adnam has been playing basketball in Melbourne's south-east since he was six years old. Now he will be on court for NBL expansion club South East Melbourne Phoenix in their inaugural season.

The 25-year-old has transformed from an undersized Kilsyth Cobras junior into an established NBL player and championship winner with Melbourne United in 2017-2018.

In recent weeks he faced a difficult decision between staying with NBL championship contenders Sydney Kings or coming home to the Phoenix.

The Kings have NBA centre Andrew Bogut, newly signed import Casper Ware and a place for Adnam as back-up point guard but with the Phoenix he will be close to his family, his partner Anastasia Hallinan and will get to represent his own community.