According to the Sydney Morning Herald and Libertyballers.com, former Liberty County high School and University of Tennessee basketball star Jordan McRae has signed with Australia’s Melbourne United.
According to the country’s National Basketball League, the international equivalent of the United States’ NBA, McRae was the second of the Australian’s team two allowable international import players.
The NBL website announced McRae’s signing Friday.
He was the 58th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs, who immediately traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers.
McRae made the roster for the 76ers’ summer league in Las Vegas, where he tore up the scoreboard, averaging 21 points per game and being named to the summer camp’s second team.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the 76ers still maintain the rights to McRae, at least until early January. If injuries become an issue to the Philly squad, it could bring McRae back to play in the NBA.
The same reports says the Australian team will help McRae develop his game and add muscle to his thin frame so he can return to the 76ers next season.
76ers coach Brett Brown likely helped negotiate the transition with McRae and his agent. Brown formerly coached the NBL’s Australian Boomers.
According to the news reports, McRae is expected to arrive in Australia in time to play in the NBL Blitz preseason tournament in Brisbane from Sept. 19-21.