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By James Woite | Premier League, South Australia basketball is producing diamonds – now it’s time to look inside the rough

April 23, 2017

Preface by Janx.....


Many within our state may not realise it but the global brand of South Australian basketball as a proving ground for elite talent is at an all time high.  For elite, young athletes coming through the ranks this represents opportunities to be recruited at levels never seen before.  


This blog, by James Woite, highlights the strength of South Australia’s Premier League.  This league is an open aged competition that includes US Citizens (called imports) that are college graduates as well players with NBL (our top professional, national league) experience.  Junior South Australian’s coming through this tough league can be evaluated by College Coaches at all levels.


James Woite has been covering the Premier League for the past few years for our state’s peak sporting body.   It has been great seeing James’ stories and hearing his well-researched insights on teams and games in the league.  I first met James when he was a junior at Centrals, he just loved the sport and I knew he would try and stay involved beyond his playing days.  It is great to have someone who loves the sport as much as James, and hopes to build a career in the media, online web media and website development involved in the local Basketball SA Premier League. 


Whilst anyone interested in South Australia's Premier League will enjoy this blog we are targeting two main audiences:

  • SA Junior players and their families

  • US College Coaches


For SA Junior players and their families:


We hope that reading this blog will give you an appreciation for our Premier League as a very good pathway, compared to US High School, into higher level programs; be it college basketball, the NBL, SEABL or any other higher leagues.  To compete against men as a 17 year old, including D1 and D2 NCAA graduates, as well as NBL players, week in week out is a much higher level of competition than playing US High School basketball.  


A great example of this is 17 year old college prospect Ben Carter (6'10'' Power Forward, Class of 2018 College prospect).  Ben plays at Sturt with Stanford (Pac 12 NCAA Div 1) commit Isaac White, Claybrin McMath who graduated Bryant University (D1 NCAA), Hamish Burns out of Newberry College (D2 NCAA) amongst others. In his first 2 games of premier league this year he has gone up against Boise State's (Mountain West Conference, Div 1 NCAA) 2nd leading all time leading scorer in Anthony Drmic in game 1, and in game 2 one of the top former Div 2 NCAA players in America in Aric Miller for example.  The key point here  is also that both Aric and Drmic are college graduates, men into their mid 20s now.  Playing men week in week out at this level is much better preparation for Ben's college aspirations than playing against kids in the US High Schools, also where the talent is also much more spread out.

In the past 2 years a record number of top Div 1 college coaches have visited Adelaide, be it from the Mountain West Conference, the Big 12, America East, West Coast, Big West and more.  They come here for three reasons.  To recruit, learn about our systems an