SBL star Jonathan Morse is going to experience the thrill of a lifetime on Saturday morning when he plays for the Perth Wildcats against the Denver Nuggets.
Morse played for the East Perth Eagles during the most recent SBL season and finished third in the league MVP award. The Wildcats recognised his efforts by adding him to their training squad for pre-season and he has now joined them in his home town.
The Wildcats added two American top-up players to cover injuries against Utah last weekend, but they struggled to slot into a group they’d never met.
Morse will partner with NBA G-League star Amida Brimah in helping to give the Wildcats depth against the Nuggets.
Morse impressed against the Adelaide 36ers practice matches in Perth when the Wildcats’ Australian Boomers stars were unavailable. But he never imagined that would result in him getting the chance to run out against Denver.
“It’s going to be amazing,” Morse said.
“I don’t really have words to explain what kind of feelings I’m going to have when I’m there but I’m definitely looking forward to it.
“It’s a little bit of a trip. That’s always an aspiration that I’ve had since I was a little kid. For it to potentially become a reality would be amazing.”
Morse already knew Wildcats star Nick Kay before joining the team for pre-season. The pair went to Metro State University of Denver together and are All-Americans.
Kay said seeing him receive the chance to play with the team on a NBA court
“I spent two years with J-Mo over here and he was a big part of my own personal development. He’s such a great guy,” Kay said.
“He knows what he’s good at and he’s such a strong player. Him being over in Australia and being able to train with the Perth Wildcats, for him to now get to come over and play in front of family and friends, I’m excited for him.
“I know he’s going to be excited and I know he’s going to play well because of it.”