Adelaide Lightning have announced that Tall Ferns point guard Jordan Hunter has signed on for the 2016-17 Australian Women’s National Basketball League season.
Hunter will provide the Lightning with added depth in their guard line up.
The 26 year old has been a regular in the New Zealand team since debuting against Japan in 2010 and played all fifteen games during this year’s international programme.
After completing her studies at St Kentigern College in Auckland Hunter headed to Crowder Community College in the States. She later transferred to Southeast Missouri State University, graduating in 2014. She averaged 8.8 points and a team-leading 3.7 assists for the Redhawks in her senior year.
Since then Hunter has been a stand out in the New Zealand Women’s Basketball Championships (WBC) helping her team, Auckland Counties Manukau Lady Hawks, finish runners-up in 2015. Hunter led the competition in points (20.3ppg) and assists (4.5apg) that season.
Tall Ferns assistant Chris Lucas is at the helm of the Lightning where the Kiwi international playmaker has been training for the past few weeks. During her stay she has made a strong impression on Lucas.
“Jordan brings international experience and has worked for her chance to play in the WNBL,” Lucas told the Adelaide Advertiser.
Hunter is delighted to have been afforded the opportunity to join the Lightning.
“I am extremely privileged to get the chance to play. Chris offered me an opportunity to come over and earn my spot on the team, so I was very relieved to know I had secured a contract for the Lightning.
“Chris has gathered a great bunch of girls, the chemistry between us off court is definitely helping us out on court as we have a mixture of young girls and then some awesome veterans both in the squad and on our coaching staff.
“We’re excited and we’re all working hard for this upcoming season,” she added.
Hunter’s signing brings to five the number of Kiwi internationals that will feature in the WNBL this season.
Micaela Cocks and Chevannah Paalvast have re-signed with 2016 champions Townsville Fire, Toni Edmondson has remained with Perth Lynx and Jess Bygate has joined Melbourne Boomers.