The Perth Wildcats have signed ultra-athletic American Jean-Pierre “J.P.” Tokoto to its 2017/18 playing roster.
Despite Tokoto’s seemingly endless highlight reel of monstrous slam dunks, the 201cm, 91kg wing is known primarily for his defensive ability.
The 58th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft is thrilled to have the opportunity to join a team chasing a historic three-peat of championships.
“I’m very excited to be here, it’s my first time here, I’ve heard great things about Australia and about Perth the city, and especially about this team. I’m looking forward to the season,” he said.
“It’s a winning culture at the Wildcats and everybody wants to be a part of a winning culture, so it was an easy decision for me.”
Jean-Pierre Tokoto is from Menomonee, Wisconsin.
He attended the famous University of North Carolina, where he represented the Tar Heels from 2012-2015.
In his junior year he averaged 8.3 points, 4.3 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game
Following that season he nominated for the NBA Draft and was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 58th pick, where he signed a one-year deal before being waived.
He spent that year playing in the NBA G-League with the Oklahoma City Blue.
Ahead of the 2016/17 season he was signed by the New York Knicks but ended up playing in the G-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, averaging 13.6 points at 49 per cent from the field and 32.5 per cent from the perimeter.
He also contributed 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.4 steal and 0.5 blocks per outing.
“I take pride in defence, it comes naturally,” he said.
“I’ve always been able to jump, and use my athletic ability, so that’s where you see the highlights.”
The 23-year-old most recently represented the Utah Jazz at the NBA Summer League where he coincidently played alongside Devondrick Walker.
Tokoto’s signing comes a fortnight after Walker fractured his foot and was placed on a long-term injury waiver.