Perth Wildcats sign Matt Hodgson to go with import Michael Frazier II to round out roster

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Matt Hodgson (left) is set to join the Wildcats.
Camera IconMatt Hodgson (left) is set to join the Wildcats. Credit: AAP

Perth Wildcats have made the key addition of former Brisbane centre Matt Hodgson as the final piece of their roster following today’s announcement of import Michael Frazier II.

The Wildcats today unveiled Frazier as an additional scorer and promised to soon add their rebounding presence through either a local or a Next Star. They took just hours to announce that Hodgson had signed a one-year deal

Hodgson walked away from the NBL to play in Europe but has decided to remain in Australia and join the Wildcats.

“It’s a real honour to be joining such a great organisation. To be considered for a club that recruits on character-first, that has a history of so much success. I feel truly honoured,” he said.

“For this season, I see myself and Majok Majok being able to work together to bring interior scoring, interior defence, rebounds and control the paint on both ends.”

The Wildcats roster is now complete with Bryce Cotton, Vic Law and Frazier as the imports and Hodgson joining experienced players Mitch Norton, Jesse Wagstaff, Todd Blanchfield, Majok Majok and Kevin White.

Luke Travers and Jack Purchase give the team youth alongside their Development Players Corey Shervill and Kyle Zunic.

The team has plenty of scoring power and coach Scott Morrison said Frazier’ would ease the pressure on Cotton. He coached against Frazier as a junior and credited him for ending Canada’s run at the 2013 under 19 World Cup.

“When Danny was looking for the next player to sign, I was hoping he would go for the best player available and I think that is what we got,” Morrison said.

“The way we are going to play, there is going to be lots of opportunities for all of our strong perimeter players to get out there and show their strengths. Having someone like Michael who can fit in with a guy like Bryce and also be a go-to guy himself is a big thing for us. Plus, he’s a stand out on the defensive end.”

Frazier has a 203cm wing span, has played NBA and represented USA at the 2019 World Cup qualifiers.

The 27-year-old has already experienced plenty of team success and said that was his primary motivation.

“From an early age I understood that if you’re on a winning team, individual success will come,” Frazier said.

“That’s something I’ve prided myself on throughout my career. It’s something I’ve been taught. I don’t think a lot of people are as fortunate to learn that. It’s helped me up to this point and I don’t intend to change anything.

“I’m trying to continue to learn, be a sponge and get better. I think I can still improve as a player. I want to win a lot more championships before my career is over.”

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