Gladstone Power name first recruit in a coup signing
BASKETBALL: McDonalds Gladstone Port City Power have signed its first recruit for the 2018 QBL season.
North Carolina State University Graduate Jennifer Mathurin is the first to sign on the dotted line and the first of several signings in coming weeks as the season approaches.
Forward Mathurin has averaged nine points per game and took almost six boards per outing during the 2016-17 season.
She has also been showcasing her talents in Finland where she posted impressive numbers of 18ppg and eight rebounds per match for ViVe.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity," an excited Mathurin said on the Port City Power Facebook site.
"I can't wait to see how I fit into the team dynamics and am looking forward to spending time in such a beautiful country like Australia.
"See y'all soon."
Mathurin is known for her elite shooting, her versatility on both ends of the floor and her high basketball IQ.
Her inclusion offsets the loss of Tabatha Richardson-Smith, who was one of the driving forces to the Power's success last season.
Power women head coach Ray Cooper said he looks forward to what Mathurin will bring to the table.
"On the back of another successful season in 2017, I am thrilled to announce Jen as our first signing for 2018," he said.
"We have set a standard for ourselves of finding import players who have impact and we expect Jen to be of that same quality.
"She has great versatility, which will gives us some different options with our rotations.
"Jen is an elite shooter and in modern basketball, that skill is so valuable. I'm looking forward to working with Jen."