The latest addition to the JackJumpers hopes to bring his winning expertise to the inaugural NBL side.
New Zealand Breaker great Mika Vukona has signed on as a consultant for the Tasmanian team.
The 476-game, four-time NBL champion said he would be helping JackJumper head honchos Simon Brookhouse and Scott Roth assemble a league-calibre squad.
"I'll do a little bit of coaching as well as scouting - the door's open, it's just about being able to pass on to the players my past experiences," Vukona said.
"This is my first time in this role - when it came up it was at this particular junction in my life, I thought this fitted my wheelhouse perfectly."
"To be able to come down and share the knowledge I've been able to pick up."
The JackJumpers have already added a local talent in Launceston's Sejr Deans; Vukona said having local products come through the team was important for establishing a grassroots bloodline.
"He's [Deans] got a future on him, obviously it's great to have a local product come through the system," he said,
"I know through my experience as a New Zealander, if you can get guys through an academy or through grassroots ... it goes a long way to establishing those values you want to execute."
I wouldn't have taken the shot if I didn't believe what he's saying and the vision and passion he has- Mika Vukona on JackJumpers coach Scott Roth
Vukona said he was particularly excited to be working with a well-travelled coach such as Roth.
"I wouldn't have taken the shot if I didn't believe what he's saying and the vision and passion he has," he said.
"He's trying to unite the state of Tasmania - if you can collectively get everyone to support this team, we'll be a force to be reckoned with in the NBL."
The 38-year-old has even had a chance to catch up with some of his former team mates, attending their thrilling win over the Perth Wildcats in Launceston on Saturday.
"I bumped into Finn Delany ... it's awesome just watching what he's doing this year," Vukona said.
"He just continues to explode into this awesome player."
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