Jett to boost Crocs’ line- up

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O'NEIL rohan. o'neil@ news. com. au

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.

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