Former Charleston Southern standout Mathiang Muo will return to his home country of Australia for the 2013-14 season as he begins a professional career with the Perth Wildcats of the NBL. Muo signed a three-year contract with the club earlier this month, and will report to Perth in September before the season tips off in early October.
Muo was a major factor in the Bucs' success over the last two years, as the program put together back-to-back 19-win campaigns and captured their first Big South regular season title in 26 years in 2012-13. As a 6-5 forward with the ability to play both the small and power forward positions, Muo proved to be a matchup problem thanks to his three-point shooting ability. Muo shot 42 percent from beyond the arc in his two seasons at CSU, and paced the Big South with 135 made treys. He finished his college career averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
"I'm very excited to play for the Perth Wildcats," said Muo, who earned his degree from CSU this past May. "It's a great honor to get to go back and play in my home country in front of family and friends and be a part of the NBL family. Ever since I started playing basketball in Australia, I always wanted to get an opportunity in the NBL and now to have an opportunity to play there, it's a dream come true."
Muo highlighted his stellar career at CSU with two of the most prolific shooting days in program history. He equaled a single-game program record with eight made threes in a crucial home win over High Point in February 2012, setting a career-high with 26 points in the process. The Sydney native nearly matched that effort in February 2013 against VMI, drilling 7-of-8 treys in a rout of the Keydets that helped the Bucs wrap up the Big South regular season championship and a spot in the NIT.
Beyond statistics, Muo's penchant for making clutch shots was critical for CSU. The most memorable of many big shots for Muo came this past season against Gardner-Webb, when he capped a wild comeback to force overtime and delight the Buc Dome crowd with a contested fade-away three.
"We're really excited for Mathiang that he gets to continue his career as a basketball player and embark on a successful career," said head coach Barclay Radebaugh. "It's no coincidence that we won 38 games during Mathiang's two years here. He was a tremendous player – highly skilled with great size. But his basketball skills pale in comparison to the type of person he is. Mathiang is a quality person. On and off the court, he's one of the best that we've ever had. He will represent CSU in a first-class way in Australia. We're very excited for him and look forward to following his progress."