PICTURED: NBA Global Academy coaches Robbie McKinlay (Player Development Coach with NBA Global Academy at Centre of Excellence) and Nico Loureio (Player Development Coach with NBA Global Academy at Centre of Excellence) coaching their team at the NCAA Showcase . Source: Basketball NSW Twitter page.
This past few weeks the Centre of Excellence began to release information about the NBA Academy Games & Basketball Australia Prospects Camp.
This innovative idea was the brainchild of CoE Head Coach Adam Caporn a couple of years ago which saw the first NCAA Certified event being run with coaches from around 30 division 1 college programs watching on (Blog on that event here: Basketball Australia's College Prospects Combine ).
With 4 NBA Global Academies joining 50 Australian athletes for the upcoming event the interest already seems higher again amongst college coaches. This interest is despite the event being finalised so late due to the NCAA accreditation only being finalised in the past few weeks.
Any event like this always has some players disappointed when not selected but our guys have shown previously that any setbacks along their journey is no need to hold them back from their bigger goals. As has been shown in the past athletes can earn opportunities in both the national pathways, also abroad, by relentless pursuit of improvement no matter small setbacks along the way. Out of South Australia, we will have a range of younger athletes there, as well as 2 older players whom are also featured athletes on www.highperformancehoopsnetwork.com in Jarryd Hoppo and Anyang Garang.
PICTURED: Jarryd Hoppo is a 6'8'' Stretch 4/Wing from South Adelaide Panthers in the South Australian Premier League. The www.highperformancehoopsnetwork.com featured athlete also recently wrote a blog for us called; My journey, striving to represent South Australia at National Championships and beyond.
PICTURED: Anyang Garang is a 6'9'' Wing originally from the Central Districts Lions in the Basketball SA district competition and Adelaide Warriors, a South Australian club that competes in Sudanese tournaments. The www.highperformancehoopsnetwork.com featured athlete also recently wrote a blog for us called; Journey so far; decisions, constant improvement and rewards about his time in the NBA Global Academy at the Centre of Excellence.
We think that talent in this age group is probably deeper in Australia than it was 2 years ago when the last event took plac