Wild­cats re­cruit holds court

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

PERTH Wild­cats’ re­cruit Casey Prather has taken lit­tle time to show he plans to match it with the very best that the NBL can throw at him.

The high-fly­ing Amer­i­can im­port was in­tro­duced to the team’s faith­fuls at a pre­sea­son event also at­tended by for­mer star James En­nis, who was back vis­it­ing Perth af­ter his suc­cess­ful first sea­son in the NBA.

Prather came across as quiet and hum­ble in his first public speak­ing en­gage­ment – un­til he was asked to de­scribe his style of game.

“Up and down, I like to get ver­ti­cal and I like to dunk,” he said. “A lit­tle bit like James…only a lit­tle bit bet­ter.”

Amidst laugh­ter at the sub­tle-butsmooth trash-talk, En­nis quickly re­torted with a smile: “Knock off”.

Wild­cats fans will be hop­ing Prather can be ex­actly that – a “knock-off” ver­sion of En­nis, whose high-fly­ing dunk­ing ex­ploits in Perth helped the Wild­cats to the 2013-14 cham­pi­onship and then took him to the NBA, where he now plies his trade for the Mi­ami Heat.

Prather also told the cor­po­rate crowd at the Novo­tel Perth Langley he was en­joy­ing life in his new city, es­pe­cially be­ing able to live near the beach in Scar­bor­ough.

On bas­ket­ball, he said he had heard a lot about the suc­cess of Perth’s pro­gram and its red army of fans and was look­ing for­ward to help­ing de­liver another NBL cham­pi­onship.

New re­cruit Casey Prather with in­ter­viewer Matthew Cecins.

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