Davis, Iliadis boost Wolves list

Wolves’ US import Ephrem Davis.
Wolves’ US import Ephrem Davis.

The Wolves welcomed former Willetton Tigers import Ephrem Davis to the club last week, adding some much-needed size to the side after the departure of club stalwart Damian Matacz at the end of 2013.

Davis strikes an imposing figure inside the key, standing at 208cm as a power forward or centre.

Coach Craig Friday described the 28-year-old, who has been playing in the UAE and Africa since leaving Willetton in 2012, as ‘extremely athletic’.

‘He’s got some serious dunking ability,’ he said.

‘He’ll help Robbie (Huntington) out in there (the key).

‘He’s a good low-post defender, a good rebounder and he really just complements what we’ve got.

‘He’s not one of those guys who demands the ball, he’s just going to fit in where he needs to be and play the role.’

Davis said he was ‘excited and honoured’ to have joined the Wolves.

‘I look forward to competing and also being a positive influence in Joondalup,’ he said.

In another boost for the side, Friday revealed prolific scorer Iliadis was ‘not far away’ from returning from a knee injury. He has not played since mid-April after suffering a small meniscus tear in his knee.

‘We erred on the side of caution; we’re travelling OK so we didn’t want to rush him back,’ Friday said.

‘I’d probably say a couple of weeks still, but he will be back.’

Friday was confident Joondalup would make a strong charge into the finals as it did in 2013, when it was sitting outside the top eight midway through the season but made the grand final.

‘We’ve probably dropped a couple that we could have won,’ he said.