On this episode, Cairns Taipans star Mitch McCarron joins Dan Boyce on the Aussie Hoopla podcast to talk about the FIBA World Cup qualifiers and why he feels the Cairns Taipans fell short this season.
McCarron currently leads the NBL is rebounding for guards and currently ranks second all-time in rebounds per game by an Australian-born guard (NBL legend John Rillie being the other) We look at why his recent play hasn’t been noticed by the NBL public and why people seem to be “sleeping” on Mitch McCarron.
McCarron was recently named to the FIBA Asian Cup and the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers for Australia and on this episode, we take a look at his path to becoming a Boomer.
McCarron was born in Alice Spring, NT but before to Queensland at the age of three. He developed his game in Brisbane as a youth and earned a scholarship to the prestigious Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
After on year at the AIS, McCarron accepted a scholarship to play in the USA to play college for Metro State. During his three seasons with the Roadrunners, he led the team to back to back NCAA Division II Final Four appearances, including a runner-up finish in 2013 with averages of 16.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while also being named the 2015 NABC Player of the Year.
Following college, Mitch entered his name into the 2015 NBA Draft, where he had workouts with the LA Lakers and Denver Nuggets but wasn’t able to secure an NBL before signing with Palencia Baloncesto in Spain; and winning the LEB Oro title in his first professional year.
McCarron played one season for Palencia Baloncesto in Spain before returning home to play for the Taipans where he averaged 7.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists narrowing missing out on the Rookie of the Year award.
In his second NBL season, McCarron has improved in all areas, currently averaging 11.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
On this episode of the Aussie Hoopla podcast, topics on the show include;
- The Boomers squad for the FIBA World Cup qualifiers has been named, we take a look at who made it and who was left out (2:00)
- Mitch gives Dan his thoughts on where the Cairns Taipans have fallen short this season (10:30)
- How has Aaron Fearne influenced Mitch McCarron’s development into a Boomers level talent (16:00)
- How Mitch goes about guarding stars like JP Tokoto and Demetrius Conger (19:00)
- Does Aaron Fearne deserve the negative criticism he receives for being “too structured” as a coach (20:30)
- Mitch talks about his time at the AIS and how getting let go by the program spurred him on to become the player he is today (24:00)
- Memories of playing for Australia as a junior against NBA stars Tim Hardaway Jr, Jonas Valanciunas, Doug McDermott and Dario Saric (31:30)
- What Mitch thought about the negative feedback on from fans to the “Non-NBA” Boomers squad (33:30)
- The upcoming FIBA World Cup Asia qualifiers and Mitch’s thoughts leading up the games (37:30)
- Playing at the “NBL factory” that is Metro State of Denver University and why so many Aussie’s go there (44:00)
- What happened when Mitch nominated for the NBA Draft (46:00)
- What it was like spending a year playing in Spain (49:30)
- How Mitch was recruited by the Cairns Taipans (53:00)
- Why is everyone sleeping on how good Mitch McCarron? (55:30)
- What players/teams does Mitch enjoy playing against most (58:00)
All of this and a whole lot more…
Listen to the full interview below or download on iTunes.