Off the back of the Perth Wildcats electing not to sign Mathiang Muo for the upcoming 2014/15 NBL season, the ‘Cats have put pen to paper with Earnest Ross.
Ross, 23, last attended the University of Missouri for the last two years after transferring from Auburn, which included averages of 14ppg and 6rpg in his final year.
A 6’4” shooting guard from Guam, the Wildcats were able to sign a three year deal with the recent college graduate in a ‘local’ playing spot rather than an ‘import’ spot due to Guam being part of the FIBA Oceania region. As this will be his first professional team coming out of college, he will be worth three points under the NBL’s player points cap system.
Ross couldn’t wait to join the reigning NBL champs, with the star having only positive comments, and why wouldn’t he? Joining the defending champ Perth Wildcats would be one of the best rides in the NBL right now:
“I’m really pleased to be joining a proven basketball program and a Championship-winning organisation,” – Earnest Ross
In regards to the team’s thoughts on Ross’ signing, assistant coach Adam Tatalovic said:
“We’re talking about an NBA-athlete in the two-guard position who can defend multiple positions, it’s an extra weapon, and in terms of our system, he fits the blueprint of what we need offensively and defensively.”
Ross joins Damian Martin, Jesse Wagstaff, Matt Knight, Shawn Redhage, Greg Hire and Tom Jervis plus imports Jermaine Beal and DeAndre Daniels. The ‘Cats have one roster spot remaining and will be expected to announce that within the coming weeks.
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