The New Zealand Breakers have confirmed their second and final import for the 2011-12 Australian NBL season with the addition of highly credentialed American Cedric Jackson.
Jackson is a point guard of some pedigree and comes to the ANBL champion club highly recommended by a number of sources, including Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vucinic and former NBA star Dee Brown, now a coach in the American D League where Jackson impressed in the All Star game earlier this year.
Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis is delighted at the quality of player the club has secured but emphasised he would need to buy in to the North Shore club's team-first style.
"We look forward to Cedric coming in and finding his way into the group," said Lemanis. "As with all players, we expect him to contribute to the overall performance of the team. As a point guard, he will be responsible for creating for his team-mates, running the team and provide scoring as appropriate.
"He has had very good assist numbers his entire career so we look forward to him coming in and getting people some looks. Having a settled team should enable Cedric to find his way quickly. I'm sure the other guys on the team will ensure he knows the systems.
"Cedric has had a little taste of the NBA - his drive to get another crack should ensure he plays and practises with plenty of energy."
Jackson's signing leaves just one local spot on the roster for the Breakers to fill, with pre-season not due to commence until mid-September once international commitments are complete.
Jackson will arrive in New Zealand in early September, at the same time as his new team-mate Gary Wilkinson who returns for a second season after a stellar first Breakers campaign that led to ANBL First Team selection.
Height: 191cm (6'3")
College: Cleveland State
Previous Teams: Enel Brindisi (Italy Serie A); Idaho State (USA D-League); Erie Bay Hawks (D-League); Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA); Washington Wizards (NBA); San Antonio Spurs (NBA);
NZ Breakers 2011/12 roster *
Josh Bloxham - Development Player
Dion Prewster - Development Player
Isaac Fotu - Development Player (non-contract)
*one local (NZ or Australian) player to be signed
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