Jett to boost Crocs’ line- up
E L E C T R I F Y I N G c o m b o guard Jordair Jett has been signed as the final piece of the Townsville Crocodiles puzzle for the 2015/ 16 NBL season.
The 23- year- old American is a former college teammate of current Crocs star and league MVP Brian Conklin, and the two St Louis University ( SLU) products are expected to form a devastating combination.
A highly skilled scorer and willing defender, Jett averaged 13.9 points, 4 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his last season in college in 2013- 2014 and his move to Australia will mark the start of his professional career.
Crocs coach Shawn Dennis was excited at the prospect of seeing the explosive guard in action and said he was a prefect fit for the team’s needs.
“In our review this year I’ve said all along we need someone who can score off the dribble, be a terrific defender at the other end and defend the very good guards that are coming into the league,” he said.
“Jordair is amazing at getting to the basket, he can really create his own shot and create for others and when you look at his defensive end all those traits made him the right fit for our team.”
The 185cm Jett dominated the Atlantic 10 ( A10) division during his senior year with the SLU Billikens, earning the A10 Player of the Year award and a spot in the All- Conference First team and was also a three time All- Defensive team selection from 2012- 14.
In our review this year I’ve said all along we need someone who can score off the dribble, be a terrific defender at the other end and defend the very good guards that are coming into
the league SHAWN DENNIS, CROCS COACH
His signing capped off the club’s off- season recruitment drive, and he will join a back court that includes incumbent point guard Mitch Norton, returning firebrand Mirko Djeric and former Cairns Taipans playmaker Corey Maynard.
Dennis said Jett would be a great fit with the rest of the guards and said his up- tempo play and ball- handling prowess would remind Townsville fans of a former standout Crocs import, 2009/ 10 league MVP and cult hero Corey ‘ Homicide’ Williams.
“I could liken him to Corey Williams for our local fans, they are similar in their ability get to the basket and finish and we looked at the success the Crocs have had with strongly built guards and felt like that was the type of player we wanted,” he said.
“He’s electrifying off the mark, there will be a lot of people who won’t be able to stay in front of him and his sheer power and size makes him extremely strong. TOWNSVILLE Fire star Suzy Batkovic and the Australian Opals have taken a 2- 0 l ead i n their three- game series against Japan with an 85- 64 victory i n Melbourne.
Batkovic ( right) i mpressed with a brief cameo i n their l ast- start win over the visiting national team, scoring six points, pulling down three rebounds and dishing two assists i n j ust over nine minutes of action.
As i n game one, the Australian women went on a 14- 0 run spanning the first and second quarters to blow open the match.
Picking up from where she l eft off i n the opening game, Steph Talbot started Australia on the scoreboard with an offensive rebound and basket but Japan’s hot shooting start resulted i n them hitting their first three field goals.
The Opals were i ntent on getting the ball down l ow to Batkovic and, although she started j ust 1- 5, forced the opposition i nto fouls, scori ng four from the free- throw l i ne.
Rachel Jarry had her first court time i n more than 18 months after i njury.
The Opals started the three- match series against Japan with an 86- 65 victory i n Dande- nong, with Batkovic chipping i n with 10 points and four rebounds.
The final match of the series will be played tonight i n Ballarat at 7pm.
DEAL DONE: American combo guard Jordair Jett has signed on to play for the Townsville Crocodiles in the 2015/ 16 NBL season.