Perth Wildcats fills roster with signing of third import Jameel McKay

New Perth Wildcats import Jameel McKay. Picture: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images
New Perth Wildcats import Jameel McKay. Picture: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

THE Perth Wildcats have signed athletic American centre Jameel McKay as its third and final import player for the 2016-17 season.

He is the fourth new face to be added to the Wildcats championship-winning roster, joining Angus Brandt, Dexter Kernich-Drew and fellow import Jaron Johnson.

At 206cm and 96kg, McKay will not be the biggest centre in the NBL, but he makes up for it with a wingspan of 222cm and a standing reach of 279cm.

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The 23-year-old told perthwildcats.com.au he was thrilled to be coming to Perth.

“I always like to play with the best, and Perth’s history speaks for itself. I’m very grateful,” McKay said.

“I’m a versatile player. I can guard different positions and do a lot of different things on the court. I’m just one of those fill-up-the-stat-sheet type guys.

“I’m a do-it-all kind of a player.”

McKay played college basketball at Iowa State, averaging 11.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

In his senior year, he took the Cyclones to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.

He was also named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 when he rejected an impressive average of 2.4 blocks per outing.

More recently, he represented New Orleans Pelicans at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 7.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in just 15 minutes of court time.

It was his defensive ability that caught Wildcats assistant coach Adam Forde’s eye.

“His reach, his ability to protect the basket and contest shots. The shots he doesn’t block, he changes. He’s perfect for what we need,” Forde said.

“He also has the ability to get out and run himself, so if we can keep protecting the paint, and get the ball out in transition, it’s going to be hard for teams to keep up with that up-tempo style of play.”

McKay was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he attended Pulaski High School, before heading to college at Indian Hills Community College for two years.

He transferred to Iowa State for his junior and senior seasons.

McKay will arrive in Perth in the coming weeks.