Class of 2020 Athletes

This July the club coach Janx coaches at, the Sturt Sabres Basketball Club (👉www.sturtsabres.com.au), the club renowned as the top club for player development in the country, will historically send a team of athletes across to the July AAU events in the United States.

 

The tour is arranged for Sturt Sabres basketball club by Brett Maher's (past article by Brett 👉 By Brett Maher | The Olympics! By a triple Olympian) World Sports Tours and is called the Sturt Exposure Tour. 

 

The Sturt Sabres is the leader in South Australian boy’s basketball over many decades.  Sturt, a not for profit club, setup the tour to support our athletes in their pathways and development.  

 

Coach Janx will be coaching the team along with another Sturt Coach, Tim Shortt. 

The team will take part in these tournaments on the tour:

  • 9-10 July    International World Championship (held at ASC in LA)

  • 11-14 July  West Coast Elite Summer Classic (held at ASC in LA) *

  • 17-21 July  Las Vegas Live (run by Bigfoot tournaments)

The following athletes on the tour have shown strong interest in gaining a US College Scholarship for basketball and requested supports from www.HighPerformanceHoopsNetwork.com to find opportunities.

 

For more information on the specific support Janx provides athletes that play in his teams please see WHAT JANX DOES

Joel Dyer (5'9'' Combo Guard, Class of 2020)

5'9'' Combo Guard, Class of 2020

Recent Achievements

  • 2019 Won U18 State Championship with Sturt Sabres, Basketball South Australia State Championship

  • 2019 U18 National Championships Silver medal with South Australian State team

  • 2019 Captain of the Westminster College High School basketball program

  • 2019 U23 Men's team with Sturt Sabres – Summer Champions

  • 2017 Won U16 National Club Championship with Sturt Sabres, Melbourne Classics Tournament

  • 2017 U16 National Championships with South Australian State team

Strengths

  • Shooting ability – elite, world class shooter

  • Ability to create own shot, anywhere on the floor

  • Highly skilled ball handler

  • Ability to play game at a high speed and make correct decisions rapidly

  • Work ethic and drive.  Always doing extra sessions and work to improve.  Sets standards that permeate through teams and programs

  • Always plays in winning teams, knows how to drive excellence

  • Vocal leader

  • Loves the game

Sebastian Griffin (6'3'' Point Guard, Class of 2020)

6'3'' Point Guard, Class of 2020

Recent Achievements

  • 2019 FIBA U17 Men’s Oceania Championship,  Australian Men’s Squad

  • May 2019 - Won U18 State Championship with Sturt Sabres. Basketball South Australia State Championships.

  • April 2019 - U18 South Australia State Team captain. Championship game. Silver medal.  Final 5 games, inC. finals; 20 ppg @ 45%, 10 RPG, 4.4 APG

  • April 2018 - U18 South Australia State Team. Vice Captain.

  • July 2017 - Under 16 South Australian State Representative (Captain)

  • June 2017 - Won U16 National Club Championship with Sturt Sabres, Melbourne Classics Tournament. Voted MVP in Championship game.

Strengths

  • Natural leader, ‘a one in a generation leader’, stated by top coaches in the state

  • Loves the big occasions.  Proven winner, ability to take game up a level.

  • Outstanding basketball IQ, excellent decision maker for himself and team. Able to communicate with coaches and players in all situations on and off the court

  • Proven winner at all levels

  • Point guard- ability to control game across multiple statistical categories

  • Superior inside game with ability to stretch the 3

  • Gets to the free throw line

  • Versatile defender, able to guard  multiple positions

  • High work ethic on and off the court

  • Tough competitor, contributes in all facets of the game on both ends of the court

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Class of 2021 Prospects

Tyson Dyer (6'1'' Point Guard, Class of 2021)

6'1'' Point Guard, Class of 2021

Recent Achievements

  • 2019 Won U18 State Championship with Sturt Sabres, Basketball South Australia State Championship

  • 2019 U18 National Championships Silver medal with South Australian State team

  • 2019 U23 Men's team with Sturt Sabres – Summer Champions

  • 2018 U18 National Championships with South Australian State team

  • 2017 Won U16 National Club Championship with Sturt Sabres, Melbourne Classics Tournament

  • 2017 U16 National Championships with South Australian State team

Strengths

  • Great ability to get to the rim, very quick first step. Excellent decision making in the paint

  • Excellent Speed and change of pace with ball in hands

  • Very high level Defensive toughness and hustle

  • Constantly active in defense off the ball

  • Good shooter from 3 pt line

  • Great team mate, builds winning cultures in all programs

  • Athletic and rebounding guard

Benjamin Griscti (6'10'' Stretch 4, Class of 2021)

6'10'' Stretch 4, Class of 2021

Recent Achievements

  • 2019 FIBA U17 Men’s Oceania Championships Australian Men’s Squad

  • April 2019 Under 18 South Australia State team member (top age) - Silver medallist

  • January 2019 Basketball Australia Australian Development Camp

  • September 2018 Basketball Australia Australian Development Camp

  • July 2018 NBA Academy Games and Basketball Australia Prospects Camp (top 50 prospects in Australia born 2000-2003)

  • May 2018 Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence trial

  • April 2018 Under 18 South Australia State team member (bottom age)

  • 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019 State Championship winner with Sturt Sabres

  • 2015, 2017 National Championship winner (club) with Sturt Sabres

Strengths

  • Extremely good catch and shoot from the 3, ability to stretch the floor

  • Receiving spots, getting to the right spots

  • Inside presence offensively and defensively, blocking shots, getting rebounds

  • Played on elite, winning teams and knows how to make top guards and wings better

  • Highly coachable, great team culture guy

  • Basketball IQ, making smart decisions

  • Post work, making a play from the low block.  Ability to make jump hooks and create space from defenders.

  • Physical with blocking out, setting screens

  • Work ethic – Always seeking to do extra to improve

Taine Mitchell (6'5'' Wing, Class of 2021)

6'5'' Wing, Class of 2021

Recent Achievements

  • 2019 Won U18 State Championship with Sturt Sabres, Basketball South Australia State Championship

  • 2019 U18 National Championships Silver medal with South Australian State team, VIce Captain

  • 2019 U23 Men's team with Sturt Sabres – Summer Champions

  • 2018 U18 National Championships with South Australian State team

  • 2017 Won U16 National Club Championship with Sturt Sabres, Melbourne Classics Tournament

  • 2017 U16 National Championships with South Australian State team, Vice Captain

Strengths

  • Elite basketball IQ

  • Defensive Intensity - desire, discipline, instinct

  • Versatile defender across multiple positions 1-3

  • Winning Culture & Attitude, Proven Winner at all levels

  • Leader that makes those around him better

  • High Level of Fitness and aerobic capacity

  • Solid offensive player, gets to the free throw line, attacks rim hard and makes good decisions in paint

Keanu Rasmussen (6'2'' Combo Guard, Class of 2021)

6'2'' Combo Guard, Class of 2021

Recent Achievements

  • May 2019 - U16 mens camp. Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence trial for FIBA Asia Championships.

  • April 2019 - U18 South Australia State Team. Championship game. Silver medal.  16.78 PPG, 65 EFG%

  • July 2018 - U16 South Australia State Team. (Co captain)

  • July 2017 - U16 South Australia State Team.

  • June 2017 - U16 Sturt Sabres National Junior Classics "Gold Medal"

  • 2016-2017 National Intensive Training Program "Elite Squad"

Strengths

  • Highly efficient and effective scorer on the rim and from 3 pt line

  • Long and athletic

  • Silky – able to score in narrow corridors

  • Able to score over and around defenders with wide array of moves in the paint

  • Excellent play maker in transition in 1 on 1 and 1 on 2 situations

  • Quick, high and effective 3 pt release

  • Great Team player

  • Highly coachable in a high performing, elite environment

  • High IQ – excellent feel for the game

  • Quick first step with effective moves off the bounce

Bailey Wells (6'6'' Wing, Class of 2021)

6'6'' Wing, Class of 2021

Recent Achievements

  • 2019 Won U18 State Championship with Sturt Sabres, Basketball South Australia State Championship

  • 2018 Won U18 State Championship Reserves with Sturt Sabres, Basketball South Australia State Championship

  • 2017 Won U16 National Club Championship with Sturt Sabres, Melbourne Classics Tournament

  • 2015 Won U14 National Club Championship with Sturt Sabres, Perth Australian Junior Club Championships

  • 2015 Won U14 State Championship with Sturt Sabres, Basketball South Australia State Championship

Strengths

  • Tough and relentless defensive player, stays in front of his man

  • Explosive athleticism at both ends of the court

  • Rapid speed off the dribble

  • High efficient scorer at the rim

  • Effective on ball screens, creates space for guards to work with

  • Tough upper body strength to draw offensive fouls, walling up and blocking players out of the key

  • Great basketball IQ, making smart decisions, consistent winner.

  • Loyal and committed team player

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