Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria
Former Perth Wildcats centre Angus Brandt is currently in the United States working out with NBA teams.
The two-time NBL champ worked out with the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday (US time) and will now head to Texas where he’ll participate in a free agent Mini Camp hosted by the Dallas Mavericks to be held June 16-18.
Brandt was one of about a dozen players involved in the Sacramento workout and the 29-year-old told NBL Media afterwards that he was pleased with how he performed.
“Overall the workout went well,” Brandt said.
“It was definitely a learning experience but overall a very positive one. I’m really glad to have done it and am thankful for the opportunity.
“The feedback from the team was really positive. They were really happy with the energy I brought and how I carried myself on and off the court.”
Brandt averaged 8 points and 6 rebounds per game as Perth’s starting centre last season, playing a crucial role in helping the Wildcats secure a league-best ninth championship.
However the big fella has made it clear he will not be returning for the upcoming campaign, having exercised a European out-clause in his contract to pursue opportunities overseas.
In the meantime, Brandt is weighing up his options for where he’ll play during the next months.
He is likely to have an opportunity to take up a short-term contract in China while his efforts during these current slate of workouts could potentially land him on a roster for this year’s NBA Summer League.
It’s an exciting time for Brandt and the 29-year-old believes his experience in Sacramento has better prepared him for what lies ahead in Texas.
“I’m feeling a lot more comfortable about the mini-camp coming up in Dallas,” Brandt said.
“Now that I have one under my belt it won’t be a completely new experience for me.
“My mindset going into that camp is to carry myself in the same way as I did today and show the best version of myself and my skillset I can.”
The Mavericks, known as pioneers of international scouting within the NBA, have shown a keen interest in NBL talent over recent years.
Over the past couple of years the Mavs have invited multiple NBL players to participate in their June mini-camp and have had an NBL guy on each of their past two Summer League squads; New Zealand’s Corey Webster in 2017 and South East Melbourne Phoenix recruit Mitch Creek in 2018.
Others to have suited up for Dallas in Summer League action following stints in the NBL include current free agent Nathan Jawai (2009) and Melbourne United star Chris Goulding (2014).