Category Archives: Aussies Abroad

A look at Australian Players doing well overseas in Europe, Asia or the NBA

Former NBL coach to take over Singapore National Team

Former NBL coach Frank Arsego has been named head coach of the Singapore National Men's Basketball team and will take over the team officially next month. He will also be taking on the role of technical director as part of a two-year contract.   Arsego was coach of the Singapore Slingers during their time in the NBL from 2008-2010 and his knowledge of Singapore basketball was instrumental to him...
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Melbourne’s Emmanuel Malou, the third Aussie to enter 2016 NBA draft

Emmanuel Malou has officially hired an agent and will forego his college eligibility in the hopes he can be selected in the 2016 NBA Draft.
It's not uncommon for college basketball stars to nominate for the draft in order to to gauge NBA interest. Basketball student-athletes can enter the NBA draft once during their college career without jeopardizing their eligibility as long as they do not sign with...
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Brad Newley becomes a Sydney King

Brad Newley will be suiting up for the Sydney Kings in 2016/17. Newley won't be announced as a signed player anytime soon however due to the rules on European players being only able to sign one contract at a time.   This is the same situation the Adelaide 36ers find themselves in with Jerome Randle who is currently playing for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League.   Joey Wright clarified...
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Ben Simmons Skips Draft Combine, Thon Maker Looks To Benefit From It

The NBA has released its official 2016 NBA Draft Combine list today.   One name who isn't on the list of expected attendees is our own Ben Simmons. This shouldn't however be too much of a surprise to those keeping track.   The NBA Draft Combine is a multi-day showcase which occurs every May before the NBA draft. It's purpose is to allow NBA coaches, general managers, and scouts...
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Former NBL Player David Patrick leaves LSU to coach at Texas Christian

David Patrick has been hired as an assistant coach on the staff of new TCU basketball coach Jamie Dixon.   Patrick spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Louisiana State University.   Patrick spent four seasons with the LSU Tigers and helped the staff secure two top-five recruiting classes, including last year's, which featured top prospect Ben Simmons, his godson.   During his four years in Baton Rouge, Patrick...
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Ben Simmons Won’t Play For Australia In Rio

Ben Simmons has made it known that he will not be wearing green and gold in Rio this year.   The conversation around whether Ben Simmons will be able to juggle both NBA commitments and the NBA draft process has been a hot topic. Today Ben Simmons decision made it clear to Basketball Australia.   The report came from ESPN’s Chris Broussard, who quoted Simmons’ agent, Rich Paul, who confirmed Simmons will...
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Patty Mills in career form heading into Playoffs, Rio

This season has seen Australian Boomers guard Patty Mills who is having his most efficient season ever for the San Antonio Spurs.   Taking a glance at Mills' numbers won't allow you to see the real impact he is having in the league this year. With career averages of 7.5 points, 1.8 assists, and 1.5 rebounds per game this season Mills has carved a clearly defined role within the...
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Dellavedova and Bogut called dirtiest players in the NBA

It seems that the gritty play of our national basketball team members may be celebrated here in Australia and respected across the globe but it's certainly not appreciated in the NBA.   Matthew Dellavedova, the 25-year-old Victorian who played a key role in Lebron James' Cleveland Cavaliers charge to the NBA Finals last year, has been named the league's dirtiest player in a poll by...
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Ben Simmons gets a positive endorsement from President Obama

Ben Simmons has developed from a relatively unknown student at Box Hill Secondary School two years ago to being Barack Obama's favourite up and coming Basketball star in less than two years.  His popularity has been growing rapidly but after a recent approval from Barack Obama it has skyrocketed.    It started when President Obama, giving a speech in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, noted that Ben Simmons was “around here”...
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