New Perth Wildcats Derek Cooke Junior and Devondrick Walker have arrived in Perth and joined their new teammates at training for the first time on Monday.
The pair are the only new additions to the Wildcats 2017/18 roster.
After spending much of the weekend on flights from the United States, it’s needless to say they’re happy to be in their new homes.
“I got in yesterday (Sunday) at around 1pm in the afternoon and I love it so far,” said Derek Cook Jr.
“The fact that this is winter time and it’s this good outside? I’m loving it!”
Both players managed to get a glimpse of the Indian Ocean before getting stuck into pre-season training.
“We went down there, I didn’t go on the beach just took in a nice little view, and I thought it was perfect. To be that close to the beach all season is going to be a blessing. Sometimes you want to get away from the court, so the being right by the beach will be fun.”
Both Walker and Cooke come with impressive highlight reels and basketball resumes, but now with the reigning champions, both just want to do whatever it takes to contribute to the winning culture of the Perth Wildcats.
“However they want to use me, whatever they need to make me fit, coming into this winning culture, I’ll do whatever it takes to win a game,” said Devondrick Walker.
“Whatever this guy (coach Trevor Gleeson) needs me to do, that’s what I’m going to do.”
The Wildcats officially began pre-season training on Monday at the Bendat Basketball Centre, with all but two players missing from the court.
Bryce Cotton is due to arrive later this month, while Angus Brandt is with the national team for the Asia Cup – which wraps up 20 August.
The Wildcats first pre-season games will be played in early September in Bunbury and Margaret River.