CTI Melbourne United have completed their inaugural roster for the 2014-15 NBL season, signing NBA Draftee Jordan McRae to their second import spot.
A prolific college scorer, who is a willing passer, a versatile defender and not afraid to throw down a highlight reel dunk, McRae is coming off an outstanding senior year at the University of Tennessee.
He caught the eye of the United coaching staff at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 21.0 ppg for the Philadelphia 76ers team, earning selection in the All-Summer League second team and an NBL contract with United.
“We feel Jordan adds a different dimension to our group,” Head Coach Chris Anstey said. “We really like his length and athleticism, as well as his ability to score the ball in a number of ways.
“He stood out for us in Vegas. We feel he can give our team lots of different looks with our line-ups, and look forward to him arriving. We are excited to have Jordan complete our roster.”
The 198cm scoring guard was chosen by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round (58th pick overall) of this year’s NBA draft and immediately traded to the Sixers, who retain his rights.
Given his performances for Tennessee as a senior, it was no surprise McRae was drafted, averaging 18.7 ppg as he started all 37 games for the Volunteers and was named All-SEC First Team by the coaches.
With Stephen Dennis in one import spot and McRae in the other, United games are sure to be action packed and filled with highlights this season which begins on October 12 against the Cairns Taipans at Hisense Arena.
CTI MELBOURNE UNITED ROSTER
Matt Hodgson (development)
Greg Page (development)