It is the burning question still doing the rounds in the NBL - just how exactly did the Wollongong Hawks nab one of college basketball's top players?
Was it shrewd recruiting? Luck? A touch of divine intervention?
Perhaps it was a bit of all three.
Regardless, the Hawks pulled off potentially the league's best off-season signing by acquiring former high school and college star Rotnei Clarke.
Assistant coach Matt Flinn deserves credit for getting the ball rolling with Clarke, though he isn't the type to seek it.
Flinn likes to play his cards close to his chest in the recruiting business and first saw the 183-centimetre guard playing for the Butler Bulldogs in a televised game earlier this year.
A couple of months later, Flinn's eyes lit up when he saw Clarke's name on a list of available players and he wasted no time making contact with Clarke's agent.
He was disappointed but not surprised to discover Clarke had politely declined Wollongong's offer and was leaning more towards a move to Europe.
But a funny thing happened a few weeks later.
Clarke's agent called back to say his client had re-evaluated his situation and was keen to reopen talks.
Needless to say, the Hawks moved swiftly to get their man before he had a change of heart.
Clarke proved to be a man of his word and happily signed a one-year deal with the club.
The 24-year-old arrived in Australia last Saturday - his first overseas trip - and explained how he fell in the Hawks' lap.
"There were numerous reasons," Clarke said.
"My agent had talked with them and the negotiations and everything went well.
"There was talks with my agent about maybe going to Europe and starting there, but we talked about everything and ended up thinking this was the best fit for me.
"It's a good league, it's a good place to start, and obviously with people speaking English here, it's going to be a little bit more comfortable than it would be if I was stuck somewhere and didn't know what was going on."
Clarke was the leading scorer in the history of Oklahoma high school basketball and, not surprisingly, was targeted by Division One colleges throughout the nation.
He chose the University of Arkansas and was one of the team's standouts over three years, scoring 51 points and hitting 13 three-pointers in a 2009 game - both of which still stand as Southeastern Conference records.
Playing for Butler in his senior year after transferring, his 16.7 points per game ranked fourth in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Clarke was also first in made three-pointers per game (3.5) and free throw accuracy (89.6 per cent).
In just a week of training with the Hawks, he has already thrown down the challenge to captain Oscar Forman as the team's best three-point marksman.
Named after Rotnei Anderson, a standout with the Oklahoma Sooners college football team in the 80s, Clarke eventually hopes to crack the NBA.
But his immediate focus is on the Hawks.
Asked what his strengths are, he said: "I think I have a high basketball IQ. I'm unselfish, but at the same time I can score and put the ball in the basket.
"Just playing the way I play, getting up and down in transition and taking opportunities and knocking down shots.
"One thing I really want to do here is help my skills with being an overall point guard, to be able to distribute the ball just as much as I'm scoring. Looking to get others involved will certainly be important for me here."
Also of great importance to Clarke is his unwavering Christian faith.
A fan of Christian rap, he enjoyed speaking to teammates and rivals back home about his faith and occasionally left notes for opposing players.
"I'm a faith-based guy and ... it's just wherever God leads me really," he said.
"I'm excited because I know Hillsong United is here. I know we have a reverend with the team and it'll be cool to hopefully find a church around the area. I'd like to go up [to Sydney] and visit Hillsong once or twice.
"I believe God's put me here for a reason. I'm on a platform to play basketball and I want to use that to the best of my ability."
Clarke has already got a decent handle on the nuances of the Australian accent.
"Jackson Aldridge is Australian and he was a teammate of mine at Butler," he said.
"His accent wasn't real strong like the people here, but I just have to listen a little closer to get used to it. I'm trying to get adjusted to that, but I'll get it figured out."
Hawks fans will get their first look at Clarke when Wollongong play Sydney in trials on September 27 (Sutherland) and September 29 (Snakepit).
The Hawks tip off their 2013-14 season on October 10 on the road against three-time defending champions New Zealand.
Their first home game against Townsville on October 26 will be a celebratory occasion, marking the 1000th game in club history.