The Perth Wildcats have signed American combo guard Jermaine Beal as their second import for the 2013-14 NBL season.
Beal, 25, is a like-for-like replacement for former league MVP Kevin Lisch, who spent four successful seasons with the Wildcats before opting to sign with French champions JSF Nanterre in July.
Beal will be officially unveiled at the WA Basketball Centre tomorrow and joins fellow American James Ennis at the Wildcats.
Beal spent four college seasons at Vanderbilt University before starting his professional career in the NBA D-League.
He has since played overseas in Europe and South America.
Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson said Beal would be a big part of his team’s championship aspirations.
“It’s all about getting the right fit,” Gleeson said.
“We’ve seen him play and watched a lot of tape, so I think he’s going to compliment our playing roster.
“You’re going to see a pretty dynamic player, the guy can shoot, play the pick-and-roll, play the shooting guard as well as being very comfortable at the point, so it gives us versatility in the back-court.
“He’ll be able to work with Damian Martin, and I’m really looking forward to him joining the team.”
The only opportunity for Wildcats fans to see the team in action at home during the pre-season is an exhibition match against the SBL All-Stars at the WA Basketball Centre on Sunday.