The Wollongong Hawks are getting closer to signing their first import for the 2012-13 season, after Gordie McLeod returned from the States this week on a recruiting tour.
Two of the imports in their sights are former NBL MVP Gary Ervin & former Gold Coast Blaze point guard Adris Deleon. While Ervin is a long shot (he has already turned down at least 2 other NBL teams) as he has a lot of offers on the table, Adris Deleon is more of a realistic chance because he wants to stay in Australia.
The Illawarra Mercury’s Tim Keeble spoke to McLeod about Adris:
In regards to Adris, now that the Gold Coast are gone, he would be someone we’d certainly look at, but we also have to decide if that’s what we’re looking for. (Former Blaze coach) Joey (Wright) spoke very highly of Adris. It was a good opportunity to meet him and have a chat and get a feel for what type of guy he is.
Adris Deleon had a very strong debut season for the Blaze last season, finishing 3rd in the league in points per game at 16.6ppg, 3rd in the league in steals per game at 1.6spg and averaged 3.2apg. He also had the highest point output for the year when he scored 33 points against the Sydney Kings on March 4th.
ATF have stayed in contact with Deleon since the NBL season finished and he says he would prefer to stay in the NBL than any other league (outside of the NBA, of course).