New Zealand Breakers boss Paul Henare says it took "five to 10 seconds" of watching Edgar Sosa hit the court to realise his new playmaking recruit would set this year's Australian NBL alight.
The Dominican point guard signed for the Breakers on Wednesday, as the Auckland-based franchise look to push back into the playoffs in 2018.
Sosa, despite a journeyman career that has seen him play in nine different countries, arrives in New Zealand with plenty of pedigree.
The 29-year-old has three consecutive league championships to his name in Italy, Iran and Lebanon, as well as US college experience with Louisville.
He scored almost 20 points a game on average in Italy in 2017.
Henare travelled to Orlando to size up Sosa before agreeing to the deal and was impressed enough to jettison last year's late-season import Kevin Dillard, who ran the point with aplomb in his nine NBL games.
"Edgar wasn't playing in the (NBA) Summer League but he's based out there. Through talks with his agent, I was able to go and meet him," Henare said.
"It took me all of five to 10 seconds of seeing a basketball in his hand, and seeing what he can do on the court, to know this guy's a special player.
"The (NBL) talent level seems to be getting better and better, and we felt like we needed to find that type of level - I'm confident that, in Edgar, we have someone who can put the team on his shoulders."
Sosa, who stands at 188cm, said he was capable of orchestrating the Breakers' attack or shooting from distance - and that he wanted to be the strongest point guard in a league stacked with US import talent.
He'll arrive in Auckland by the end of August for pre-season training - along with two further Breakers acquisitions, yet to be confirmed.
"You have those point guards that are all about passing and getting to teammates, and then you have some point guards who score a lot - for myself, I'm somewhere in the middle," Sosa said via a video message.
"I play the game aggressively, and with passion. I leave it all out there.
"I'm blessed, man. The game of basketball has literally taken me all around the world - each year, I end up in a place I never thought I'd be."
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