South Australian young gun Alex Mudronja has signed a three-year deal with the Adelaide 36ers.
The 19-year-old joins the Sixers’ roster as a development player for the 2019-20 season, but will be elevated to a full roster position for the remaining two years of his contract.
Mudronja started his junior career at the Sturt Sabres before advancing to the Centre of Excellence Program (CoE) at the Australian Institute of Sport.
In his final year at the CoE, he captained his side and averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in the SEABL competition.
The talented teenager has enjoyed many accolades across his junior career, including winning the U20 National Championship Title for South Australia, as well as a gold medal for Australia at FIBA Oceania.
In 2017, Mudronja impressed on the international stage against America’s best prospects at the Adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas and the Adidas Nations in Houston.
Mudronja participated in the NBL Next Gen Camp in Melbourne, labelled a standout by many in attendance.
Last year, the 195cm point guard was selected to play college basketball for the renowned Saint Mary’s College in the United States.
Adelaide 36ers Head Coach Joey Wright is thrilled the college freshman choose the 36ers to develop his career.
“Alex came in and practiced with us last year and really made a mark on our coaching staff, as well as other veteran players,” Wright said.
“We were really excited about his opportunity to play for Saint Mary’s and wanted to give him the chance to attend college and see if he liked it. However, he wanted to come back and play here, so we jumped at the chance to sign him,” Wright said.
While Wright is pleased to inject some local talent to the Sixers’ roster, he is more excited about the calibre of talent Mudronja adds to the team.
“I think it’s more important to pick up a great talent, more than it is to pick up local talent. The Sixers thrive on great talent and securing Alex this year is going to be great for us.
“He’s a kid of the future and is definitely the best point guard of his class in Australia,” Wright said.
Mudronja joins a completed roster of Daniel Johnson, Anthony Drmic, Harry Froling, Jack McVeigh, Brendan Teys, Kevin White, Daniel Dillion, Obi Kyei, Ramone Moore, Jacob Wiley and Deshon Taylor.