2014 Grand Final MVP Jermaine Beal is staying with the Perth Wildcats after agreeing to a new deal with the six-time Champions.
Pending NBL approval, the contract is a one-year deal with a second year option - which if taken will see Beal remain at the Perth Wildcats until at least the end of the 2015/16 NBL season.
The 26-year-old American joined the Wildcats a year ago and is now looking to build a dynasty.
“I can’t wait to get back to Perth to re-join my teammates and begin working towards defending our NBL Championship,” said Beal.
“I love being a part of the Wildcats organisation, it’s a great club with great fans, and I’m looking forward to playing in front of them again this season.”
Jermaine “Dolla” Beal made a big impact for the Wildcats when a Championship was on the line in the 2014 NBL Grand Final.
He scored 19 points in game one, lead a brave Perth fight-back in the second game with another 19, before sealing the Larry Sengstock Medal in game three with a 15-point, four-assist performance.
Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson is thrilled to have the Texan back for next season.
“He had an outstanding second half to last season, and it’s great to have a quality player back who knows our teammates and knows our systems. It’s great to be able to keep the nucleus of the team together,” he said.
“Jermaine is versatile. He can play the point, he can play the shooting guard, he can play a number of different positions, he has a big three-point range and can get to the bucket as well. He suits our style and suits our team which is a good combination.”
On his way to becoming a Championship player in 2013/14, Beal averaged 15.6 points per game – putting him in the League’s top-eight scorers for the season.
He also drained a league-leading total of 101 three-pointers at an impressive 43.3 per cent – making him the second most accurate shooter from long-range in the competition for the season.
On top of these numbers, he also averaged 3.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game.
“We are very happy to have Jermaine coming back to Perth,” said managing director Nick Marvin.
“He’s a very hard working player and the work he puts in shows on the court. We’re now looking forward to seeing the long term impact he can make on this club and this city.”
Before joining the Wildcats, Jermaine Beal attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and played professionally in the NBA D-League, plus seasons in Poland, Belgium and Brazil.
Beal will arrive in Perth later this month to get started early on pre-season training.
The Perth Wildcats have now signed eight players on their 2014/15 roster.
Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson, assistant coach Adam Tatalovich and managing director Nick Marvin return from scouting at the NBA Summer Leagues in the USA, next week.