Hot off the addition of a new head coach, the Northern Star Resources Goldfields Giants have secured their second imported player for season 2018, with the signing of dynamic American import Jeylyn Sharpe.
Sharpe, a 193cm (6’4”) swingman brings to the Giants a superior scoring and rebounding option that will work alongside recent signees, import Kyle Sovine and dual citizen recruit Jake Martin.
Hailing from the southern central US state of Oklahoma, Sharpe started his basketball career in 2013 for his hometown Ketchum High School where he averaged 23 points and 13 rebounds in his senior season on his way to receiving Player of the Year and First Team All-State honours as his Ketchum Warriors made their first State Tournament in over a decade
From there he joined Rogers State University (NCAA DII) in nearby Claremore, Oklahoma where he played from 2013 to 2017 for the Hillcats.
In 107 games over 4 seasons, he scored 1125 points along with 511 rebounds along with a career 50% field goal percentage.
His Senior year saw him post career numbers of 16.3 points at 49% from the field and 7.6 rebounds on his way to being named to the NABC 2017 Division II All-South Central District First Team, D2CCAA South Central Region Men’s Basketball Second Team and also being named Heartland Conference Player of the Year.
At the conclusion of his Rogers State career, Sharpe ranked first in school history in career rebounds, offensive rebounds and field goals made.
Since graduating, he’s taken his career overseas to Luxembourg, where he’s just finished playing for BBC Grengewald Hueschtert of the FLBB Nationale 2 league in Luxembourg, where he averaged 30 points per game.
After his first pro stint, Sharpe is keen to continue his career in Australia.
“I had the league recommended to me by Cooper Land (former Rockingham Flames import and two-time SBL MVP in 2014 & 2016), he just started as an assistant coach at my former college.”
“He knew I wanted to play in Australia and he had connections, and I am thankful that he had me in mind when people asked him about players.”
“He watched me play a little, he put me through some workouts and he told me I would do really well in the SBL.” “When he told me about his time there he said ‘You’re going to fall in love with it.'”
“He said the competition was great, the fans were awesome, and that he didn’t want to leave. That made me want to go over there even more.”
“I’d like to thank him for this opportunity.”
The European stint straight of college was a big step for Sharpe, but it helped him prepare for basketball in Australia.
“The experience in Luxembourg was great. The club was very kind to me and my teammates were great friends and helped me out whenever. Luckily for me they also speak English. So I never really had a language barrier out here.”
“The biggest difference I see (about playing professionally) is players I have to go up against. I’m guarding and being guarded by guys from major DI colleges. It’s a challenge I have excepted and enjoyed so far.“
“Another thing is everything is a lot more fundamental out here in Europe. Everyone says that about European teams but you don’t get an understanding of it until you experience it.”
“I am a versatile player. In high school I played every position. In college I was a post or a guard depending on who was guarding me. I like to play up tempo. I can bang with the big guys in the post. I can hit a transition pull-up”
“I love putting the ball on the deck and going by someone or hitting a pull-up jumper. I think I can bring energy to this team along with knowledge. I know I’m young but my college coach taught me a lot, not only about the game but just how to be a winner.”
Sharpe is due to arrive in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in early February to join the Giants in their pre-season campaign before the SBL Blitz pre-season tournament.
Date Of Birth: 16th August 1995 (22 years old)
From: Ketchum, Oklahoma (USA)
Height: 193cm (6’4″)
Weight: 93kg (205lbs)
Giants Playing Number: To Be Confirmed
Recruited from: BBC Grengewald Huschtet (FLBB Nationale 2, Luxembourg)
2012-13 Ketchum Warriors
(OSSAA – Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association – High School)
2013-17 Rogers State Hillcats
(NCAA DII – Heartland Conference – College)
2017 BBC Grengewald Huschtet
(FLBB Nationale 2, Luxembourg)
Jeylyn Sharpe – Rogers State University – Player Bio
Jeylyn Sharpe – Rogers State University – Postseason Awards
Jeylyn Sharpe – Rogers State University – First Pro Contract
Jeylyn Sharpe – RSU 2016-2017 Highlights Video
Jeylyn Sharpe – RSUTV Player Spotlight
Jeylyn Sharpe – Rogers State University vs Oklahoma State University Game Footage