JackJumpers head coach Scott Roth is eager to bring in big-time interstate and international talent to build around as he assembles Tasmania's NBL side.
As the inaugural coach makes his presence known in the state, Roth has begun laying out plans for Tasmania's re-emergence into the national competition.
The 57-year-old American planned to mix old with new in terms of creating the culture of the JackJumpers, something he observed during his tenure with the Perth Wildcats.
"It's one of things that was great about Perth - when players came in, they know the standard that's been set, they know there's a winning tradition," he said.
"That's from the players that have stayed around there and let it be known that this is what's expected if you want to be a Perth Wildcat."
This isn't Roth's first rodeo when it comes to assembling a team from scratch, having head-coached the G-League side the Iowa Wolves in their first season as well.
"I kinda got a blank canvas to do that and I have a good feel for how that approach is," he said.
"Then, as a player, when I was playing for the San Antonio Spurs I got picked up in the expansion draft for the Minnesota Timberwolves ... so I've been on the player's side of that also.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us, we're seven or eight months away from actually playing a game - it's going to move very fast and we need to be on top of stuff."
With COVID-19 prolonging the NBL season, the signing mix between national players and imports have altered timelines, meaning the JackJumpers will be seeking to land big fish from overseas first.
"We're probably going to get two or three imports in first and not know who our Australian players are until July when free agency starts," Roth said.
Having coached numerous NBA and national teams, Roth said he had a number of networks overseas he had been liaising with to source future JackJumpers.
He added the franchise would also be looking into landing NBL Next Stars level talents from overseas looking to bypass the collegiate system en route to the NBA.
"We just have to get the right one, they have to be the right fit for us but there's definitely going to be that availability with those guys," Roth said.
It's going to move very fast and we need to be on top of stuff- Scott Roth the 2021 season
When it came to Tasmanian players, Roth said he had started talking to up-and-coming talents such as Sejr Deans and Taran and Tre Armstrong to gauge their interest when they take the next big step.
"We need to make sure we're working together to build this brand of the JackJumpers as a state team," he said.
"I'm trying to really focus on these young kids and make sure they know we're here for them."
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