Growing NBA Interest in Wildcats Import

New Perth Wildcats import John Mooney has spoken to 11 NBA teams in the lead-up to October’s draft.

Mooney signed a one-year deal with the Wildcats earlier this month but remains eligible for the NBA Draft, as he just finished his senior season at Notre Dame.

While the 23-year-old is committed to helping Perth win another championship, he has told NBL Overtime he remains in constant communication with NBA teams. 

“Everything is so uncertain but fortunately I’ve been able to talk to 11 NBA teams to date,” Mooney said.

“Their answers have all been the same, not a lot of them have been even thinking about the draft, what they’ve been thinking about is getting their guys into the NBA bubble and making sure they’re safe. I think the draft, really up until to this point, has been second thoughts for them.

“I’m going to take it day by day. If I get drafted, great, if not I’m going to come over to Perth and work my tail off to help my team compete for another championship.”

Mooney added the pre-draft process has been unique due to the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“It’s definitely been weird,” he said.

“Everything is over video call, everything is through Zoom, there’s no face to face interactions and there’s no chance to get a workout in front of teams.

“It is what it is, everyone is going through the same process as me so I can’t really complain too much.

“I just got to take what I can and take advantage of it. If the interviews keep coming, then I’m going to take advantage of them.”

Mooney had an outstanding college career with Notre Dame and led the NCAA in defensive rebounding and double-doubles last season.

He will replace the departing Nick Kay at the Wildcats and says he is ready to do whatever is required from the team.

“I’m excited to have this deal with Perth, I’m very humbled and flattered that they’re interested in me,” Mooney said.

“I’m ready to come over there and work my tail off for my teammates.”

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