I have run out of introductions to use for the Southland Sharks signing big-name players.
Stacked, loaded, whatever you want to call their squad it fits, as their side looks increasingly imposing before their title defence begins next month.
The latest high-quality player to be snapped up by the Sharks is Townsville Crocodiles import Jordair Jett – a former teammate of Rob Loe and Brian Conklin at St Louis.
Jett is a 6’1″ guard who can attack off the dribble and is tenacious defensively, filling the much-needed import point guard spot for a Sharks team which has an overload of talent at all other positions.
Jett will likely start alongside Everard Bartlett, Thomas Abercrombie, and Alex Pledger, while Duane Bailey has yet to decide when he will return from his English side, the Plymouth Raiders.
However, even if he does miss a few early-season games, Bailey will be linking back up with the Sharks regardless, who have an array of talent to call upon.
In Derone Raukawa, James Paringatai and another import still to come, the Sharks also have more depth than last season due to the reduced seven-team league.
Jett is currently averaging 14.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for Townsville, shooting 44% from the field and 28% from deep.
His drive-and-kick abilities will be well-utilised with Bartlett and Abercrombie spotting up on the wings, while his defensive abilities should make the Sharks a strong defensive unit this season.
The Sharks will likely take title favouritism into the season, with the Wellington Saints and Supercity Rangers also both shaping up as early contenders.
Southland are also rumoured to be recruiting athletic defensive stopper Ana Haku, and former Otago Nuggets guard Olly Smith.