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Wildcats sign James Ennis

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The Perth Wildcats have announced their first import signing of the 2013/14 season and it’s already a “hot” topic. The newest member of the #RedArmy is 23-year-old James Ennis, drafted 50th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft and recently acquired by the Miami Heat.

Listed at 6’7″ and 210 pounds, Ennis was considered a strong potential sleeper in the 2013 draft with a great jumper, exciting athleticism and an ability to play in space. He has a near-seven foot wingspan and is able to play above the rim.

In his senior year, Ennis averaged 16.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while leading Long Beach State to their third consecutive Big West Conference title.  Ennis was voted Big West Conference Player of the Year as well as named a finalist for the Lou Henson Award, given annually to the nation’s Mid-Major player of the year.

Check out Ennis’ pre-draft workout here:

It’s clear that Ennis has skills and athleticism for days and we’re confident that he’ll be a solid addition to the NBL. Both Wildcats managing director Nick Marvin and head coach Trevor Gleeson witnessed his ability first hand recently at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and liked what they saw.

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“We saw this guy score 25 points in the semi-final of the NBA Summer League and we thought wow, this kid can really play, but we didn’t think we’d get him to Australia, but we are now super excited to have him at the Wildcats and can’t wait for him to suit up for us because he is going to be a highlight reel,” said Gleeson.

“He’s long, he’s athletic, he’s a scorer, people in Perth are going to love watching this kid play and they will have to make the most of it because I think he will spend about seven or eight years in the NBA after he sees out the season with us.”

Miami Heat president Pat Riley didn’t waste any time in singing Ennis’ praises on draft night either.

“We feel that James Ennis, with his size and athleticism, has a huge upside and someone we hope can develop into a high-quality NBA player.”

If it’s okay with Pat Riley and the Wildcats brass, it’s okay with us!

Welcome to the NBL Mr Ennis.

via Perth Wildcats & SLAMOnline

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