NBA side the Brooklyn Nets have signed former Breakers forward Akil Mitchell.

Mitchell made headlines in January when he suffered a gruesome injury after getting poked in the left eye during an NBL game for the Breakers against the Cairns Taipans last month, leaving his eye-ball outside of the socket.

The 25-year-old flew back to the United States shortly after sustaining the injury, missing the Breakers' final two games of the regular season.

The Panama international returned to basketball a month later, signing with the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League, where he has averaged 8.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 28.6 minutes per game in the 2016-17 season.

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Details of Mitchell's contract with the Nets have not been released.