Wildcats sign Angus Brandt - two year deal.
The Perth Wildcats have made the first new addition to their 2016/17 roster, acquiring Australian big man Angus Brandt.
The 208cm, 112kg centre/forward has signed a two-year deal with the reigning NBL Champions.
As well as size and strength, Brandt brings excellent energy on the defensive end, while having the ability to stretch the floor and create opportunities for his teammates with the ball in his hands.
The 26-year-old is excited to be joining the Perth Wildcats.
"One of the things I was looking for in a team was professionalism, and to go somewhere that had the facilities and the set-up where I could develop and work on my game and try to become the best player I can be," he said.
“I pride myself on being a hard-worker. Whether we're down 20 or up 20, I like to think I play consistently. I play hard no matter what the situation is.”
Brandt played college basketball at Oregon State University.
In his senior year he averaged 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game as a starter.
The New South Welshman then joined the Sydney Kings in his first season as a professional, going on to be named the NBL’s Rookie of the Year in 2015.
In his most recent season with the Kings he averaged 8.1 points per game at 51.8 per cent from the field, plus 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots.
He is currently playing with Lithuanian powerhouse club BC Neptunas.
Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson said Brandt has a huge up side.
“His strength is going to be a bonus for us around the basket. He’s only going to mature over the next three or four years and we’re very happy to have him here at the Wildcats,” he said.
“We want him to be a stable force for us. Obviously we hit the post a lot, and we want to bring his passing ability out. What I like is his tenacity to get after the ball. His rebounding is good for the minutes he plays.
“We’re after him to provide an interior force for us.”
Angus Brandt has represented Australia in a series against the Chinese National Team as well as at the World University Games.
He’ll arrive in Perth following the Lithuanian Basketball League season.