Former Buc basketball star Muo to play in Australia

Charleston Southern coach Barclay Radebaugh gives instructions to Mathiang Muo. (File photo)

Former Charleston Southern basketball 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 its first Big South regular-season title in 26 years last season. 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 three-pointers. 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 in 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.”