1 November 2016
Lat Mayen - Class of 2017 - 6'8'' Versatile Wing
Plays like Kevin Durant
December 2016 - U18 FIBA Oceania Championships - Qualifiers for U19 World Championships in July 2017
September 2016 - U19 "Baby Boomers" Australian National Team Training Camp
July 2016 - Elite Prospects Camp at AIS/COE
February 2016 - Current - Full Scholarship holder at Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra
Versatile, long, athletic wing. Can shoot the 3, get to the rim and defend to a very high, international level.
Here is some highlights we put together of Lat:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp9xKTyoemA
I coach Sturt Sabres and also am the Head Coach for the State of South Australia U18 side. Lat played for me in 2014-15 at Sturt before moving to the Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Canberra and playing under Adam Caporn. He attended Concordia College, a heralded basketball program in SA, and played in the school's Open A team. He also played for the Adelaide Warriors, a basketball club consisting of many Sudanese Aussies, which is run by his brother Aciek Mayen, who had a huge influence on Lat. Prior to joining my team he also had a really good grounding from local skills coach, and former pro player, Rashad Tucker who runs GTM Academy. He is currently in our u19s National Squad and based at the Centre of Excellence at Australian Institute of sport where guys like Jack White (Duke), Dejan Vasiljevic (Miami), Isaac Humphries (Kentucky) etc spent time.
Lat has a very, very good feel for the game. He has a unique ability to play in narrow corridors in pack and rolls, slipping between defenders on his way to the rim. He is one of the most versatile kids I have seen and will have the capability to rank high in all statistical categories when given the opportunity. He is not going to be a DOMINANT scorer but his decision making is so good he will score or pass finding the right guy, in the right time in right spot. He has ability to score all over the floor, knocking down 3s, mid-range and on the rim. Defensively, in traps and presses, we played him a lot up the floor because of his long wingspan and good lateral movement in defense he was a menace. Able to create deflections and making it very tough for small guards to make a pass out of our press or get past him.
David Patrick will continue the success he has always had with Aussies with this signing. I cannot wait to see him play for TCU, he will have a big following back home.