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Perth Wildcats vs Melbourne United – Friday Preview

The Perth Wildcats play their final home game for five weeks when they take on Melbourne United at Perth Arena on Friday night. It will be a Christmas themed game night, and coach Trevor Gleeson has an early present for the Red Army on Thursday,... Read More

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Christmas in The Jungle

At Friday’s clash with Melbourne United at Perth Arena, the Perth Wildcats will be celebrating Christmas with a... Read More

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Red Army Stories: JDRF

The Perth Wildcats are very pleased to reveal its recent campaign with Coles has seen it raise over $76,141 for JDRF!... Read More

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Pressure Comes From Within

Perth Wildcats veteran Shawn Redhage believes the pressure to perform comes from within the group as they focus on... Read More

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SANTA PAWS

Get a photo taken with Santa and your pet at the Perth Wildcats Team Store! On Monday 19 December, pet owners will have... Read More

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Wildcats offer condolences after basketball tragedy

Perth Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson has offered his condolences to the family of the nine-year-boy who passed away... Read More

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NBL 2016/17 Ladders

Team P W L %
Sydney Kings 15 9 6 103.88
Brisbane Bullets 13 7 6 101.12
Illawarra Hawks 14 7 7 101.81
Cairns Taipans 12 6 6 99.79
Adelaide 36ers 12 6 6 95.92
Melbourne United 13 6 7 100.75
Perth Wildcats 13 6 7 98.97
New Zealand Breakers 14 6 8 97.56

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Points Per Game

CaseyPrather
Perth Wildcats
20.15
Jaron Johnson Perth Wildcats 12.36
Matthew Knight Perth Wildcats 11.67
Jameel McKay Perth Wildcats 9.31
Andre Ingram Perth Wildcats 8.50

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Assists Per Game

DamianMartin
Perth Wildcats
4.33
Casey Prather Perth Wildcats 4.00
Jarrod Kenny Perth Wildcats 2.50
Jaron Johnson Perth Wildcats 1.91
Matthew Knight Perth Wildcats 1.89

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Rebounds Per Game

MatthewKnight
Perth Wildcats
6.89
Jameel McKay Perth Wildcats 6.31
Damian Martin Perth Wildcats 6.17
Jaron Johnson Perth Wildcats 4.91
Casey Prather Perth Wildcats 4.62

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Steals Per Game

DamianMartin
Perth Wildcats
1.83
Casey Prather Perth Wildcats 1.15
Andre Ingram Perth Wildcats 1.00
Jameel McKay Perth Wildcats 0.85
Corban Wroe Perth Wildcats 0.67

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Player Profiles

  • Hometown Perth, Australia Position Forward Height 201cm Weight 99kg College Miles CC

    Greg Hire

    #4

    2015/16: Wildcats vice-captain Greg Hire played an important leadership role with the team in 2015/16, delivering consistency and toughness off the bench throughout a strong season. Hire celebrated his 150th appearance with the Perth Wildcats last season, and also set a career high in scoring with 14 points against Cairns. The guard appeared in all 34 games last season, starting once, and enjoyed averages of 3.3 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 37.5% from beyond the arc.

    Career: Hire is a product of the Wanneroo Wolves basketball program where he was named SBL Rookie of the Year in 2006. He attended college in the US at Miles Community College and Augusta State University before returning to Australia in 2010 and joining the Wildcats as a development player. Hire continued to play in the SBL with Wanneroo, where he captained the Wolves to the 2011 championship. He has enjoyed great success with the Wildcats, being an integral part of the 2014 and 2016 Championship teams. The team’s vice-captain averages 3.5 points per game, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game throughout his NBL career.

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    Season Average

    13.16AVG MINS
    1.08AVG AS
    3.25AVG PTS
    3.33AVG REB
  • Jameel McKay

    Centre

    #5

    Career: An athletic centre with a 7’4” wingspan, 23-year-old Jameel McKay joins the Perth Wildcats looking to make an impact as a shot-blocking defensive anchor. Throughout his college career at Iowa State University, McKay averaged 11.2points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, and was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. McKay recently represented the New Orleans Pelicans at the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 7.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks, with his impressive figures in limited game time catching the eye of the Perth Wildcats coaching staff. McKay is no stranger to the big stage, having represented Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament ‘Sweet 16’, and will provide energy, hustle and rim-protection to a Wildcats team with a reputation for excellent defence.

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  • Hometown Auckland, New Zealand Position Guard Height 188cm Weight 87kg College Auckland University of Technology

    Jarrod Kenny

    #8

    2015/16: Jarrod Kenny played his first season in the NBL last year, playing a crucial role off the bench and steering the Wildcats to success through the absence of the injured Damian Martin. The New Zealand native appeared in all 34 games, starting an impressive 15, playing high energy defence from the point guard position. Kenny scored a season high 12 points against Townsville, and will be remembered for knocking down a full court buzzer beater and his clutch shooting from the corner. Averaging 4.6 points, 1.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game, Kenny was a crucial part of the Wildcats bench and played a vital role for the team during their Finals campaign.

    Career: Jarrod Kenny played with the Harbour Heat from 2002 to 2008 before signing with the Hawke’s Bay Hawks in 2009, where he became one of the NZ NBL’s best point guards.
    In the 2015 season he averaged an impressive 6.3 assists per game to go with 10.3 points, 1.3 steals and 2.8 rebounds Kenny has represented New Zealand in several FIBA Oceania Championships, delivering several key performances. At the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championships, Kenny was one of New Zealand’s best in game one of series, scoring 12 points on the big stage, including three of five from deep. After a strong rookie season in the NBL, Kenny re-signed with the Wildcats for three seasons.

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    Season Average

    22.26AVG MINS
    2.5AVG AS
    5.9AVG PTS
    2.6AVG REB
  • Hometown Burnie, Australia Position Forward/Centre Height 204cm Weight 109kg College Loyola Marymount University

    Matt Knight

    #9

    2015/16: Matt Knight’s value to the Wildcats in 2015/16 cannot be understated. With a variety of injuries impacting the starting line-up, Knight persevered through a serious shoulder injury of his own to offer a consistent presence as the team’s starting power forward. Knight played in 33 of a possible 34 games, starting in each of his appearances, and battled tirelessly throughout the season on his way to being named in the All-NBL Second Team. Enjoying his time at the four spot, Knight averaged 11.5 points and 7.91 rebounds per game, accumulating eight double-doubles and providing several key performances throughout the season.

    Career: Matt Knight is a product of Tasmanian basketball and was a part of Australia’s under-20 World Championship winning team before studying at Loyola Marymount University in the United States. Following college, he returned to Australia to play for the West Sydney Razorbacks, which then became the Sydney Spirit. Knight played for one season in Hungary in 2009/10 before being signed by the Perth Wildcats, where he played in the 2012 and 2013 Grand Finals, before his crucial role in the 2014 and 2016 championship teams.

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    Season Average

    26.57AVG MINS
    1.89AVG AS
    11.67AVG PTS
    6.89AVG REB
  • Hometown Melbourne, Australia Position Guard Height 198CM Weight 83KG College Washington State University

    Dexter Kernich-Drew

    #10

    Career: Melbourne born Dexter Kernich-Drew joins the Wildcats for his first season in the NBL in 2016/17. The 6’7” guard showed a flair for defence and knockdown shooting throughout his time at Washington State University, with Kernich-Drew shooting an impressive 43.3% from deep in his final year at college. The 24-year-old spent time with the Wildcats in 2015/16, training with the championship squad late in the season after spending time playing in Brazil. Kernich-Drew averaged 6.3 points, 0.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game during his senior year at WSU, while shooting an impressive clip from beyond the arc and a steady 78.1% from the free throw line.

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  • Hometown Sydney, Australia Position Forward/Centre Height 208cm Weight 110kg College Oregon State University

    Angus Brandt

    Centre

    #12

    2015/16: After receiving NBL Rookie of the Year in 2014/15, Brandt’s role seemed destined to increase. The Sydney Kings front-court depth posed an initial challenge but, when an injury to Julian Khazzouh afforded Brandt an opportunity with the starters, the centre stood up in a big way. After playing just 10 minutes per game to start the season, Brandt closed 2015 on a tear, averaging 10.5 points and over 21 minutes of play per game. Brandt featured in every game for the Kings, finishing the season with averages of 8.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, with his energy and interior presence endearing himself to Trevor Gleeson and the Wildcats staff ahead of his move to Perth for the 2016/17 season.

    Career: Angus Brandt joins the Wildcats after an impressive college career at Oregon State University and some experience in the NBL. The 208cm centre averaged 12.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game throughout his senior year at OSU, before signing his first professional contract with the Sydney Kings. Brandt was awarded NBL Rookie of the Year in 2014/15, earning an increased role in the Kings 2015/16 campaign. At the conclusion of the NBL season, Brandt spent time in Lithuania, where he helped BC Neptunas to a Grand Final series, contributing 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. The centre joined the Boomers on a four game series against China in 2014, and also represented Australia at the World University Games in 2011.

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  • Hometown Jackson, Tennessee Position Guard/Forward Height 198cm Weight 94kg College University of Florida

    Casey Prather

    #23

    2015/16: The pressures of arriving in Australia as an import are well documented, but Casey Prather took every expectation and exceeded them in 2015/16. An instant fan favourite, Prather was no stranger to the highlight reel, delivering thunderous dunks and enormous blocks on a consistent basis. Averaging 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game, Prather was named the Wildcats Most Valuable Player for the season, and capped the year off in style with an NBL Championship. Prather led the way for the Wildcats in the postseason, punctuated with the dunk of the season; a monstrous jam against Illawarra’s AJ Ogilvy in the deciding game of the semi-finals series. Prather shot 40.9% from beyond the arc throughout the regular season, and delivered a season high of 27 points throughout an unforgettable first year in Perth.

    Career: A highly athletic wing out of the University of Florida, Casey Prather has enjoyed a great deal of success throughout his playing career. In his senior year with the Gators, Prather led the team in scoring with 13.8 points per game, helping take his team to the 2014 NCAA Final Four. Awarded All-American accolades from USA Today and the Associated Press, Prather’s success in his senior year earned him a role with the Atlanta Hawks in the 2014 NBA Summer League. In 2014/15 Prather signed with the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA D-League, where he averaged 11.8 points, 3.8 rebounds. 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Prather represented the D-League Select in the 2015 NBA Summer League, and the Dallas Mavericks in the 2016 NBA Summer League.

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    Season Average

    31.76AVG MINS
    4AVG AS
    20.15AVG PTS
    4.62AVG REB
  • Hometown Canberra, Australia Position Forward Height 203cm Weight 100kg College Metro State

    Jesse Wagstaff

    #24

    2015/16: Jesse Wagstaff offered a consistent impact off the bench for the Wildcats in 2015/16, appearing in all 34 games with three starts. Averaging 9.3 points, 1.6 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game, Wagstaff helped stretch the floor for the team last season, and did not lack for individual highlights. Wagstaff notched his 200th game with the club last season and celebrated in style, raining down six triples (all in a final quarter barrage) to score a career high 26 points in a crucial victory against the Sydney Kings. The forward led the bench in scoring on 12 occasions throughout the year, and set a career high for total assists and rebounds over the course of the season.

    Career: Raised in Canberra, Wagstaff attended college in the USA at Metro State University before returning to Australia in 2009 where he was signed by the Perth Wildcats. In his first season at the club, he was a part of the 2010 championship-winning team and was also named the NBL’s Rookie of the Year.  In 2012, Wagstaff was awarded the League’s Best Sixth Man. In 2014 he became a two-time NBL Champion with the Perth Wildcats, before winning his third title with the club in 2016. Throughout his NBL career, Wagstaff has averaged 9.7 points, 1.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.

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    22.44AVG MINS
    0.92AVG AS
    8.38AVG PTS
    4.23AVG REB
  • Hometown Lincoln, Nebraska Position Forward Height 203cm Weight 103kg College Arizona State

    Shawn Redhage

    #42

    2015/16: Shawn Redhage wrote another chapter in his storied career last season, reaching 350 career games while continuing to deliver in a variety of roles for the Wildcats. Redhage averaged 6.6 points per game for the season, and was a vital presence in the second unit with his timely scoring and willingness to sacrifice his body for the play. A legend of the club, Redhage showed his younger teammates how it was done at the charity stripe, leading the team in free throw shooting at 87.7%. Known as ‘The Scoring Machine’, Redhage delivered a season high 16 points on two occasions. Enjoying a season of good health, Redhage appeared in all 34 games of the season, starting 11, and capped the season off with his third NBL Championship.

    Career: The Arizona State University product arrived at the Wildcats from the NZ Breakers in 2005. From then on he went about establishing himself as a club legend, winning the Gordon Ellis Medal as the team’s most valuable player six times – the most in the club’s history. He was captain of the club from 2009 to 2013 and led the Wildcats to the 2010 Championship. Redhage became an Olympian in 2008 and in 2013 became a Championship player in Puerto Rico with Piratas de Quebradillas. In 2014 he became a two-time NBL Champion with the Wildcats, before claiming his third title in 2016. Redhage has averaged 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game throughout his NBL career.

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    9.43AVG MINS
    0.77AVG AS
    3.46AVG PTS
    1.85AVG REB
  • Hometown Gloucester, Australia Position Guard Height 186cm Weight 92kg College Loyola Marymount University

    Damian Martin

    #53

    2015/16: Perth Wildcats captain Damian Martin enjoyed a stellar 2015/16, persevering through two major injuries to lead the team to the NBL Championship. After battling through a calf complaint that interrupted his pre-season, Martin’s return to the court was cut short by a severely broken jaw that seemed set to rule the guard out for six to eight weeks. Not to be discouraged, the relentless defender missed just five games, before finishing the season on a high after being award the Larry Sengstock medal for Grand Final MVP. Martin averaged 5.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, along with 1.8 steals and delivered a host of emphatic blocks.

    Career: Damian Martin captained Australia’s under-20 team to a world championship in 2003, defeating the USA in the gold medal game. He then attended Loyola Marymount University before making his NBL debut for the Sydney Spirit in the 2008/09 season. The Perth Wildcats recruited Martin in 2009 where he became a championship player with the club in his first season. He also captained the team to the 2014 and 2016 Championships. Martin has been named NBL Best Defensive Player a league record five times, and represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Throughout his Wildcats career, he has averaged 7.3 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals.

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    Season Average

    31.04AVG MINS
    4.33AVG AS
    4.83AVG PTS
    6.17AVG REB
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