New Nelson Giant Jerry Evans Jr in action for the Cairns Taipans. Photo: Supplied.

Another Taipan signs on for Giants


New Nelson Giants head coach Jamie Pearlman will at least have some familiar faces to look at when he arrives next month.

Pearlman is the current assistant coach with the Cairns Taipans in the Australian National Basketball League and late last year the Australian was hired to guide the Mike Pero Nelson Giants in its 2018 NBL campaign. Already Pearlman has recruited Taipan Damon Heuir and today the club announced it has signed another Cairns player in Jerry Evans Jr.

Evans Jr is a 203cm swingman from Los Angeles in the United States. He played for the University of Nevada and then professionally in Poland and Greece before heading to play in the Australian National Basketball League.

Last year the 27 year-old played in Aussie SEABL league and was the leagues fourth-leading scorer with an average of 21 points per game.

Giants general manager Bill Dahlberg says Evans Jr fits the bill for the style of player they were after.

“We were looking for an athletic defender who can score plus get to the ring and Jerry will bring some other qualities that will help us develop as a team.”

Evans Jr is the fifth player to commit to the Giants for the 2018 season with Kyle Adnam, Tohiraukura Smith-Milner, Finn Delany and Heuir all previously signing on.

The Giants will start their season with a home game against the Supercity Rangers on April 28.