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Cedric Jackson signs with Melbourne United

Melbourne United have signed American point guard Cedric Jackson for the upcoming season. Jackson, a three-time NBL Championship player said Melbourne Head Coach Dean Demopoulos was a key factor in his decision making. “Coach Dean was the reason I wanted to sign with Melbourne. We had a quick conversation after the first round of the play offs and I picked his brain a little bit. "We then caught up again during the off-season in the US and we had a good conversation. He had a good vibe about him as a person and coach. “With both of us sharing prior NBA experience I think he has what it takes to relate and elevate my game as a player.” Jackson said he was particularly excited about playing in Melbourne. “The Hisense Arena atmosphere reminded me of an NBA arena. The biggest change for me will be adjusting to the team travel schedule and learning all about Melbourne and the United team culture.  I’m very excited to be a part of this organisation and I’m looking forward to connecting with the area, fans and the community. “You have a highly-talented roster that has proven to be a dominant force in this league; capable of winning multiple championships.  I think I will bring championship experience and leadership to the team and also high energy on offence and defence." Jackson holds the unique record of having played four seasons in the NBL and won a championship on three out of the four occasions while also having played in a Grand Final Series every year. He was awarded the Andrew Gaze trophy for the Most Valuable player in 2012-13 and was the Grand Final Series MVP in 2014/15. He is the only player in NBL history to lead the league in assists in his first four seasons in the League – topping the NBL ladder in 2015/16 at 6.3 per game. He is also the only current NBL player to have had a triple double, and he has had five in his NBL career. Melbourne United Chief Executive Vince Crivelli said Cedric would not only bring his extensive championship experience to the team but also his “never say die” attitude. “Everyone who knows him and speaks to him know he hates to lose and he has an incredible drive to succeed. The bigger the occasion the better he plays. His experience in playing big games along with his outstanding skill set in the point guard position will prove invaluable for us.”
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