Scottie Wilbekin Signs With The Cairns Taipans

The Cairns Taipans have secured their second import for the upcoming NBL season with the signature of University of Florida standout Scottie Wilbekin.

Coming out of four years in college, the Taipans will be Wilbekin’s first professional team, with the goal of making it to the NBA.

While at Florida, Wilbekin was named the SEC Player of the Year during his Senior year in 2014, joining recent winners such as Anthony Davis, Chandler Parsons and John Wall.

Being in such a strong program, it brought among strong results, with the Gators reaching the Elite 8 in all four years Wilbekin was present, which included a Final Four visit this year.

Wilbekin was scouted by Cairns Head Coach Aaron Fearne while he was over in the USA during the NBA off-season, after he went undrafted in this years NBA draft. Fearne only had great things to say about the Gators point guard when asked about their most recent signing:

“He’s going to come to a situation here where he’s going to be asked to run a team, make big plays and do those things every night….He can defend at a very high level, which was obviously very intriguing for us as a club. He also shoots the ball well and has a knack to make big plays, which is exactly what we’ll need from him.” – Taipans Head Coach Aaron Fearne

It seems as if the Taipans have joined the chasing pack for this year’s NBL Championship, signing their own NBA prospect.

To see what Wilbekin can bring to the Taipans, take a look at some footage of him playing at Florida:

Wilbekin will not come under the new NBL’s ‘marquee’ rule and it is rumoured that he has an NBA out clause, up until December if he is to be signed by an NBA team.

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Steve Chalmers

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One of the OG #TeamPnR members with a typically Melbournian love of sports. Love a yarn on Australian Basketball and Australian Horse Racing.

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