Taipans sign feisty Venezuelan Michael Carrera

Michael Carrera #60 of the Miami Heat shoots the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2016 NBA Las Vegas Summer League. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Cairns Taipans have completed their 2017/18 NBL line-up by signing feisty Venezuelan forward Michael Carrera.

Carrera, 24, who stands at 6'5", joins Cairns after a successful stint at Marinos de Anzoategui in the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto where he averaged 14.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Taipans head coach Aaron Fearne believes Carrera is the perfect addition for the franchise.

"He'll bring a fantastic competitive spirit and a high-level of physicality to us this year," Fearne said. "He's an attacking, aggressive player that has got the length to defend multiple positions.

"He's also very determined, but like any young player - he's got things to improve on physically and mentally. We'll help him become a better pro and keep moving forward."

Carrera graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2016 and averaged career highs in every major statistical area during his final season before going on to compete in the NBA Summer League.

He completes Cairns' 11-man roster and he will join Scoochie Smith and Kuany Kuany as the new faces of the Queensland franchise.