NBL: Perth Wildcats sign former NZ Breaker Corey Webster

Corey Webster. Picture: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images
Corey Webster. Picture: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

REIGNING back-to-back NBL Champions the Perth Wildcats have wasted no time in bolstering its roster for the 2017-18 season, signing star guard Corey Webster.

The three-time NZ Breakers championship player parted ways with his former club this off-season, and the Wildcats leaped at the opportunity to make him an addition to its back court.

The New Zealand international is looking forward to a fresh start in Perth.

“I can’t wait to start playing NBL basketball again,” Webster said.

“To be continuing my career at one of the best organisations going around, who have won three of the last four titles, is very exciting for me.

“I’m also looking forward to embracing the club’s community program. Overall, I’m ready to work hard both on and off the court.”

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Webster is a proven offensive threat, both as a shooter and a creator.

His career-high NBL tally of 39 points came just 16 months ago, where he dropped seven threes on Melbourne United.

In 2015-16, he averaged 19.6 points and 2.3 assists per game.

In the lead up to that season, Webster was invited to train with NBA franchise the New Orleans Pelicans and even signed a three-year no-guarantee contract.

He played in three pre-season games with the organisation and impressed Pelicans coaches with his work ethic and shooting ability from range.

Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson, who has coached against Webster for a number of seasons, said his game speaks for itself.

“Corey’s a world class shooter. One of the best shooters I’ve coached against. I’m real excited that he’s joining our squad. He’ll bring a different perimeter threat out there and I think he’ll fit well with us,” he said.

“We’ve played against him a number of times in the finals. To have that firepower on our team, combined with our defence, it’s going to open up a lot of avenues our guys.”

After recovering from the hip and back injuries which foiled his 2016-17 season, Webster is playing in the NZ NBL for the Wellington Saints this winter, where he is averaging 25.3 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists per game with the Saints off to a 3-0 start to the season.