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Jermaine Beal – Perth Wildcat


The Perth Wildcats have added their second import by signing 25 year-old American guard Jermaine “Dolla” Beal. At 191cm and 92kg, Beal is a combo guard who likes to score the ball and coincidentally played college hoops with recently signed Sydney King, AJ Ogilvy.

From the Perth Wildcats media release:

Beal played at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, before starting his professional career in the NBA D-League. He has since spent time playing overseas in Poland in 2011, Belgium in 2012 and most recently Brazil where he played for Minas in the 2012/13 season.

Judging by his YouTube highlight reel, Beal looks to be very aggressive on the offensive end of the floor. His range appears to be very deep while also having the ability to get to the basket through traffic.

We asked a couple of Perth Wildcats for some initial thoughts on Beal.

I know he’s extremely offensive minded – sort of a Lisch replacement” – Tyler Wise.

And from Matthew Richards:

  • Is it Bradley’s brother?
  • Does this mean we will now get Tom Daly? I think rounding up the roster with a decent three point player is more important than signing an import, which can easily be replaced if need be.
  • He looks good. Likes the spot up three and his percentages look pretty good. But I am always hesitant to base things of highlight tapes instead of full games. Hell, even I could put together a highlights package!
  • On paper, I think the Cats have improved from last season. Gleeson has his work cut out for him!

As always a cautious view is taken by fans and bloggers alike when YouTube is the only real source of info. Needless to say Beal looks exciting and could add some real firepower to the NBL this season.

What are your first impressions? We’re interested to hear your thoughts.

Thanks to Richo and Tyler for their contributions.

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Hendo has been a basketball-crazed individual since 1986. Since he started playing the game as an eight year-old he has been a fan of the NBL and the NBA. With countless VCR tapes full of old games and highlights, he's a devoted fan of the "Bill Woods Era" when it comes to Aussie hoops on TV. Bringing a Melbourne-centric flavour to ATF, Hendo plans to stick around a while and bring you some entertaining factoids from across the NBL.

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