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Lisch set playmaker challenge
Lisch set playmaker challenge

US import Kevin Lisch has adopted a new role with the Perth Wildcats as he looks to add another string to his bow this season.

After arriving in Australia as a rookie from St Louis University three years ago, Lisch played pre- dominantly as a shooting guard through his first 100 games with the Wildcats.

The role served both player and team well, with the 2010 championship and grand final, club and league MVP honours the spoils from Lisch's first three seasons.

But coach Rob Beveridge - an internationally renowned developer of junior talent - is always looking for ways to improve his players and has opted to give Lisch greater responsibility as a playmaker this season.

Beveridge said the prospect of Lisch furthering his career in Europe or the NBA had played a key part in the decision to tinker with his role in the team.

The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season and is yet to give an indication as to where he will play next year.

But he appears settled in Perth.

"I'm looking at his future in the game and the guy can score, but he's just got to continue to add something to his game," Beveridge said.

"We've actually got him to run the point a bit more and we're giving him more responsibility in terms of decision-making in the game.

"That's important because we always want our guys to strive for higher goals and make them better."

Lisch has been cleared to play against Melbourne at Hisense Arena tomorrow after having a cortisone injection to limit the effects of a corked hip.

Beveridge said Lisch had taken a battering early in the season and his fitness was crucial to the Wildcats' chances of winning the title.

"If we don't have Matty Knight, we can't win a championship, and it's the same with Kevin Lisch," Beveridge said.

Brad Robbins will return from a wrist injury for the Wildcats, while Adam Ballinger could play his first game for Melbourne after recovering from a fractured toe.

The West Australian

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