Melbourne United’s Jordan McRae was named December’s player of the month for his consistent efforts to average 21.2 points per game, according to a National Basketball League news release.
McRae previously played for Liberty County High School and the University of Tennessee.
The shooting guard earned the honor despite a trip back to the United States to visit his newborn son, Jordan Jr., at the beginning of the month. He missed the Round 9 game against the Townsville Crocodiles.
According to the release, McRae didn’t skip a beat upon his return. He was named player of the week in Round 11 for his role in driving two overtime wins in one weekend over the Wollongong Hawks and Sydney Kings.
“I really couldn’t point out my best performance this month. The only games I count are the ones we win — that’s my ultimate goal,” McRae told NBL reporters. “We’re really focused on finishing better than fourth (place) before finals, and I’m challenging myself to play well each game. I’m going to continue to do that.”
Melbourne United is 10-8 and hosted the Adelaide 36ers on Saturday for their first game of the season at the State Netball and Hockey Centre. Results from that game were unavailable at press time.
McRae said the team had yet to train at that facility.
“You just hope the new gym throws off your opponent more so than your team. We never overlook anybody, and Adelaide are really strong. They beat us last time we went over there,” he said.
Melbourne United next will take on the New Zealand Breakers and Perth Wildcats in their Round 15 double-header.
“We’re taking it one game at a time, but we all know next week is going to be tough,” McRae said. “We play New Zealand and then Perth in the same week. That’s going to be a challenge. Perth is really strong defensively, and they can force you to make tough shots.”