ILLAWARRA coach Rob Beveridge believes the addition of former Townsville guard Jordair Jett will bring about a return to the hard-nosed approach on which he's built his coaching career.
The Hawks confirmed on Thursday that the 26-year-old combo guard will join the club next season, resuming his NBL career after last turning out for the now defunct Crocs in the 2015-16 season.
Having lost the defensive prowess of Boomers guard Mitch Norton, Beveridge said Jett will bring some much-needed physicality to his back-court with his ability to get the rim and lock things down on the defensive end.
“He's exactly the type of player I was after,” Beveridge told The Mercury.
"Looking at the make-up of team over the last couple of seasons, I think we’ve become a bit perimeter-orientated. We've just lost out way a little bit.
“I've always coached a physical style of play and I think Jordair can help us get back to that because he's a genuine two-way player. He's a big strong guard, he brings that physicality on offence and defence
“He's a straight-up lock-down defender, I know having coached against him when we had Kevin Lisch, he was one of the very few guys in the league who could guard him.
“He's explosive and he can score off the dribble so he brings that toughness and physical presence at both ends of the floor.”
Jett was club MVP and defensive player of the year in his lone season with the Crocs, where he averaged 15 points and three assists, before a major knee injury set the St. Louis University alum back.
He's plied his trade in the New Zealand Basketball League and most recently in the QBL with the Townsville Heat where he's averaging 17.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.5 steals per game.
Beveridge said the Minnesota Native will be one of several players on the Hawks roster with a point to prove in the upcoming season.
“We're putting a team together with a lot of guys looking for second chances and Jordair's one of those guys,” Beveridge said.
"They've got a bit of a chip on their shoulder and you just know they're going to put their heart and soul into everything they do.
“He was really good for the Crocs, then they folded and blew out his knee so he just hasn't had much luck.
“I know he's so determined to prove himself in this league and how bad he wants this opportunity. You want guys with that sort of mentality.”
Jett becomes the eighth member of the Hawks’11-man roster and will join skipper Kevin White, veterans AJ Ogilvy, Tim Coenraad and David Andersen, as well as young-guns Daniel Grida and Emmett Naar and sharp-shooting swingman Todd Blanchfield.