The Townsville Crocodiles have signed former NBA Centre Mickell Gladness & one of the best shot-blockers in the world for the 2014/15 NBL season.
Gladness announced this via twitter today:
Gladness is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. He’s 6ft11 along with a 7ft8 wingspan & comes to the NBL with an impressive resume including playing 26 games in the NBA during the 2011/12 season. 8 for the Miami Heat & 18, including 7 as a starter, for the Golden State Warriors.
Last season he played for the Reno Bighorns in the NBA D-League & averaged 8.3ppg, 6.3rpg & 2bpg whilst leading the Bighorns to the Playoffs.
Off the back of the retirement of Russell Hinder, Gladness is an exciting signing for the Crocs & will bring a much needed defensive presence.
The 27-year-old is a defensive beast, leading the NCAA in blocked shots in 2006-07 with 6.27 blocks-per-game & 396 blocks over his career at Alabama A&M. Furthermore, Gladness holds the record for the number of blocks in a game in NCAA history when he recorded 16 blocks vs Texas Southern on February 24th 2007. Beating David Robinson, Shawn Bradley, Roy Rogers & Loren Woods‘ previous record of 14. To this day, he’s the only man to ever record over 15 blocks in NCAA Division 1 history.
Gladness played for the Orlando Magic in the 2013/14 NBA Pre-Season. Making his mark in the Magic’s 102-94 win over the Dallas Mavericks where he had 6 blocks in 16 minutes.
Currently, Gladness is playing in the Chinese NBL & has been putting up ridiculous numbers.
Furthermore, the Crocs are also rumored to be signing Cairns Taipans wing Clint Steindl. With this free agency period well underway, it looks like Shawn Dennis’ men are definitely going to be one of the teams to beat next season.
Here’s some Gladness highlights via his agent, Daniel Moldovan.