Wildcats sign Majok Majok
The Perth Wildcats have added West Aussie big man Majok Majok to its roster for the next two seasons.
Despite being 26 years of age, Majok already has four seasons of NBL experience after beginning his professional career in Europe five years ago.
The 2018 NBL champion is excited to be coming home.
“I remember going to Wildcats games as a kid and watching Ricky Grace. He used to come to my school. He was a guy I looked up to when I was growing up watching the Wildcats,” said Majok.
“Perth is a world class organisation, I can’t wait to be a part of it. Growing up in Perth, it’s always been a program I’ve wanted to be a part of, so I’m very excited about it.
“The strengths that I’ll bring to this team are my athleticism, my ability to rebound the ball, run the floor, play defence and protect the paint. I also provide some inside scoring.”
Majok Majok stands at 210cm and weighs in at 111kg.
He was born in South Sudan and grew up in Perth before to the United States to play high school and college basketball.
After two years of junior college he transferred to Ball State University in Indiana, leading the Mid-American conference in rebounding (10 per game) and averaging 11.2 points.
He began his professional career at Slovenian club Helios Suns in 2014/15, before being signed by Melbourne United the following year.
After becoming a championship player with Melbourne, he was signed by the New Zealand Breakers where he spent the 2018/19 season.
Recently, Majok represented the NBL Select team in their three-game series against the Chinese National Team in China, catching the eye of coach Trevor Gleeson in Game Three with a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double against towering opponents.
“It was really good to spend some time with him and see him play against China. He played his heart out and was one of the most consistent players in the three games. He was the only guy with positive plus-minus in all three games,” said Gleeson.
“We’ve always known that Majok is statistically one of the best rebounders per minute in the NBL. He didn’t get that opportunity last season but he has a great nose for the ball, he gets to the right spots.
“After the China tour, it was a no-brainer for me to get him in here to play that back-up centre role. He works hard, he’s a good teammate. He ticks all the boxes for us.”
Currently, Majok Majok is representing the Frankston Blues in the NBL1 competition averaging 11.9 points at 58 per cent, plus 9.6 rebounds per game.
He becomes the ninth player to sign with Wildcats for 2019/20, joining Damian Martin, Bryce Cotton, Terrico White, Nick Kay, Mitch Norton, Clint Steindl, Jesse Wagstaff and Rhys Vague.
Majok’s contract includes a club option after one year.
He’ll arrive in Perth as pre-season training commences next month.