Basketball: Historic signing for Perth Redbacks with first professional import

Basketball: Historic signing for Perth Redbacks with first professional import

THE Perth Redbacks have announced the first professional import for their Women’s State Basketball League side in their 52-year history.

The East Victoria Park-based club have signed forward/centre Emilee Harmon, who hails from Pickerington, Ohio.

At 1.88m tall, Harmon is expected to bring much-valued height, firepower and professionalism to an ever-improving Redbacks side.

Coming out of high school in 2009, Harmon was ranked 23rd best prospect in the USA and the fourth overall in the state of Ohio.

After her senior year, Harmon was named Associated Press Co-Player of the Year for Ohio and 1st Team All State for a third straight year.

After finishing her high school career, Harmon was invited to the U/18 Team USA Olympic training camp and was recruited by schools such as Duke, Stanford, Purdue and Notre Dame, before committing to Ohio State.

She spent four successful years at the prestigious Ohio State Buckeye program and then made her professional debut in the 2014 Irish premier league season for TM Hotel Cork, helping the side to a minor premiership and eventual championship.

Harmon then found her way to Australia where she has competed in the talent-laden South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) competition for the past three seasons with the Albury Wodonga Bandits, Launceston Tornadoes and the powerhouse Nunawading Spectres.

She will join the Redbacks after 66 SEABL games with averages of 16.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.4apg, while shooting 49.9 per cent from the field and 70 per cent from the free-throw line.

Harmon said she was ready for something new in her career and the opportunity with the Redbacks came about at the right time.

“The Redbacks are due for a successful season and a trophy run, so I want to do everything that I can to help make that happen while working alongside the other players and staff,” she said.