He has been entrusted to fill club icon Glen Saville's big shoes, but new Wollongong Hawks import Durrell Summers is more concerned about a run-in with some of Australia's less-than-friendly natives.
Summers, a first-time visitor to these shores, arrived in Wollongong yesterday, meeting his Hawks teammates and doing the media rounds.
"A lot of people back home gave me the kangaroo jokes, that I'm going to get beat up by a kangaroo," the 23-year-old said.
"I heard there's a lot of deadly spiders and snakes and stuff like that, but I just figure if you stay out of their way, they stay out of your way."
Born in Detroit, Summers spent four years at Michigan State University - the alma mater of NBA great Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
He has played in France and Venezuela and also had two years in the NBA Development League with the Maine Red Claws and Idaho Stampede.
"I'm real excited to be here," the 196-centimetre swingman said.
"I'm looking forward to blending in with my teammates and giving the team exactly what they expect out of me, and more. Just being a good teammate and a fun guy to play with, and using my strengths to help the team.
"I bring athleticism, I'm able to score in different ways. I can shoot the ball or get to the basket, I can make guys better. I can rebound, I'm very aggressive on the defensive end.
"I come from a winning program and I just like to do whatever it takes to win."
Summers is Wollongong's second import for the 2013-14 NBL season, alongside former Butler University star Rotnei Clarke.
The Hawks hope to have the man nicknamed "Summertime" cleared to make his debut in next weekend's pre-season games against Perth and Melbourne.
"We're looking forward to Durrell joining us, getting to know his teammates and our system," coach Gordie McLeod said.
"It has been a long recruitment process this year as we rebuild our core following the retirements over the past two years of Glen Saville and Mat Campbell.
"Sav and Mat played such an integral part in the team and we are mindful it will take time to make these adjustments."
The addition of Summers gives the Hawks nine contracted players for next season, leaving one spot open on the team roster.
Wollongong play their first home game of the season on October 26 against Townsville.
The round-three match will be the 1000th for the Hawks since the club's 1979 inception.