After last year when we announced the largest ever crop of division 1 college commits out of South Australia (History made in South Australian Basketball - FOUR Athletes Commit to NCAA Div 1 Men's programs in the 2017 class) we hoped the state could back it up.
Again this year there are a total of FOUR division 1 commits again from South Australia, with THREE of the FOUR featured athletes too. The fourth, Uche Dibiamaka, played for South Australia Metro, the Sturt Sabres and Norwood Flames before heading to US High School and has been a past blogger for www.highperformancehoopsnetwork.com (By Uche Dibiamaka | A journey of commitment, passion and development from Aussie pathways through to the US High School pathway).
PICTURED: Uche Dibiamaka has committed to University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for the 2018/19 season
With 9 men in total from South Australia playing division 1 college basketball next season, this collective cohort of athletes represents the largest ever group of division 1 players out of the state in history.
Sophomore, Isaac White at Stanford, in the Pac 12, from Sturt Sabres
Redshirt Freshman, Lat Mayen at TCU, in the Big 12, from Sturt Sabres
Sophomore, Jacob Rigoni at Quinnipiac, in the MAAC, from Sturt Sabres
Redshirt Freshman, Brent Hank, at Albany in the AEC, from Central Districts Lions
Freshman, Ben Carter, at Montana in the Big Sky, from Sturt Sabres
Freshman, Alex Mudronja, at St Marys in the WCC, from Sturt Sabres
Freshman, Owen Hulland, at Hawaii in the Big West, from Norwood Flames
Freshman, Uche Dibiamaka, at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in the WAC, from Norwood Flames
Juco transfer, Lwal Dung, at Wyoming in the Mountain West Conference
Throw in Joe Ingles’ NBA success too, and this is exciting for South Australian basketball as these athletes, and their success, help set the standard, inspire young talent coming through, and provide visibility of athletes coming through the ranks to the multi-billion dollar industry that is college basketball to levels we have not seen before. The incentives are there more than ever before if you have some talent, work incredibly hard, willing to learn and be coached, put team basketball and winning above everything you can get more opportunities than ever before.
VIDEO: This coming season an unprecedented record number of male athletes from South Australia will compete in NCAA Division 1 College basketball. Well done to these athletes, their families, coaches, supporters and all in Basketball in South Australia supporting game and athlete development. Follow these guys, their programs. They are great men. Now the only question is; WHO GOT NEXT?!?!?
In order to continue to strengthen the talent pool coming through, we also would like to offer any clubs the opportunity for us to come and speak to young athletes about Australian basketball pathways, elite college basketball, college eligibility, provide our first hand insights on the journeys of these athletes from working with them through the journey. These inspiring, informative talks would be almost identical to the talks we gave the featured athletes during their formative years. Please contact us for more information on this opportunity for your club.