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Wiley choice for 36ers import


ADELAIDE 36ers are expected to shortly announce 203cm American forward Jacob Wiley as an import in their 2018-19 NBL outfit.

Wiley, 23, was a teammate of former Sixers’ captain and 2017-18 club MVP Mitch Creek on Dallas Mavericks’ NBA Summer League team and delivered 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, in an average of 16.8 minutes’ court-time.

A college basketballer at University of Montana Grizzlies, he crossed from the NCAA to the NAIA to play for Lewis-Clark State College Warriors before his senior season back in the NCAA at Eastern Washington University Eagles.

During his junior year at Lewis-Clark, Wiley was a First-Team NAIA All-American and helped the Warriors win their historic first NAIA Tournament Championship.

At Eastern Washington in 2016-17, Wiley (below) was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Year after averaging 20.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, and 2.3 assists per game for the Eagles.

Undrafted in 2017, he played with the Brooklyn Nets in last year’s NBA Summer League, later signing a two-way contract with the Nets, splitting time on their G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.

In a 111-124 loss to Denver Nuggets on October 29 last year, Wiley had two rebounds in four minutes in his NBA debut with Brooklyn.

He was waived on January 15 this year and took a contract in Germany’s Basketball Bundesliga with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, joining the team in March, in much the same way Creek joined BG Gottingen late last season.

Here’s a terrific – and graphic – back story on Wiley from last year, the big man joining Ramone Moore, Nathan Sobey, Anthony Drmic, Majok Deng, Daniel Johnson, Adam Doyle, Brendan Teys, Jack McVeigh and Harry Froling in a revamped 36ers outfit.

Adelaide will play a historic preseason fixture against favourite son Joe Ingles and the NBA’s Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on October 5. Whether it defends its 2017 Merlion Cup win from the tournament in Singapore, is still up in the air.

Jul 27

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