The Perth Wildcats have announced the final member of their #NBL20 squad, Dario Hunt.
Standing at 206cm with a seven-foot wingspan and weighing in at 104kg, Hunt is a versatile centre with tremendous athleticism.
Having played the majority of his professional career in Europe, the American is excited to be heading down under to join the NBL champions.
“It’s a new opportunity, a new country I haven’t been to before and to be playing for a great club is something I’m really looking forward to,” he said.
“I play with a lot of passion and a lot of heart. I love to compete each and every chance I get on the court. I try to make as many plays as possible for the team.
“I’m just excited to get down there and get started for the season.”
Dario Hunt played with Wildcats MVP Bryce Cotton at Brescia Leonessa in the top-tier Italian league in 2018.
Cotton believes Hunt will fit well into the Wildcats system.
“Dario’s really easy to get along with but most importantly a great player with a great IQ,” said Cotton.
“He’s going to be an integral part of our team this year for sure.”
Dario Hunt was born in Tampa, Florida, and attended high school in North Carolina.
He went on to play college basketball at the University of Nevada where he was a three-time WAC All-Defensive player. He averaged 10.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in his senior year.
The 30-year-old has since played in the NBA G League, as well as in the Ukraine, Austria, France, Italy and most recently Belgium.
While representing Spirou in 2018/19, he contributed 12.1 points and 6.0 boards per game.
Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson said his defensive ability is what stands out.
“Dario’s a tough player. He’s defence-first. He’s a shot-blocker who can take the ball off the rim and start the fast break. He’s very athletic and agile and with that wingspan he’s going to be a problem for opponents,” he said.
“He’s been selected as an All-Star in the top leagues in Belgium, Italy and France which is an outstanding achievement.
“We’re excited to get him here, we think Dario is a great fit for the style we play and the unselfishness we want to play with. He’s really going to compliment us.”
The Perth Wildcats 11-man fully contracted playing roster is now complete, with pre-season training camp officially beginning on Tuesday.