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Big Brother 2021: Pepperdine University basketball player Marley Biyendolo revealed as latest housemate

Big Brother 2021: Pepperdine University basketball player Marley Biyendolo revealed as latest housemate

Marley Biyendolo is trading Madison Square Garden for Big Brother’s new challenge arena.

The six-foot-three basketball player made a name for himself after he was recruited to play basketball in the US college system.

But after “playing at Madison Square garden in front of 16,000 fans” the 26-year-old has returned home for a shot at an even bigger prize.

The athlete-turned-disability support worker is hoping to nab the $250,000 grand prize and follow through on a promise he made to his late mother.

Before Biyendolo’s mother, Victoria, died she asked her son to “look after” his dad Clotaire.

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“This amount of money, that’s a lot for dad, it could help so much,” Biyendolo said in a new promo released for the Seven reality show.

“We used to watch Big Brother when I was younger, I can hear her voice in my head telling me to go for it, win this whole thing.”

The Melbourne-based baller will be thrown into a secure complex with an eclectic group of contestants and required to complete daily house tasks and nomination challenges in the newly created challenge arena — The Yard.

It comes after fellow new housemate Tilly Whitfeld revealed her game plan going into the 2021 season.

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The 21-year-old is the latest contestant to be announced and will be going up against a crop of much older housemates when the Seven reality TV show returns later this year.

But Whitfeld has a plan — “act dumb and play smart”.

In a new promotion for the highly anticipated second season, Whitfeld becomes emotional when she reveals her struggle with stereotypes.

“My whole life, people look at me like I just look a bit stupid,” she said through tears. “I just want to prove my strength.”

The media, communications and arts student insisted that despite her ditzy vernacular, she is “always getting distinctions and high distinctions”.

“I am very intelligent. I sound like an idiot when I talk ... I’m the most underestimated person, like literally,” she added.