Category Archives: Aussies Abroad

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

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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Daniel Dillon is a name which should be on all NBL team radars!

While here in Australia we can see the Perth Wildcats looking to finish top of the ladder once again, Andrew Ogilvy inching closer and closer to leagues MVP and unfortunately another Sydney Kings roller coaster season quite easily, one of our countries finest point guards is making a name for himself overseas with little acknowledgement from the media down under.   It seems only the most hardcore basketball tragic has noticed...
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Isaac Humphries joining Kentucky Wildcats for 2015

Sydney basketballer Isaac Humphries will reclassify his high school status in order to be eligible to play for the winningest team in NCAA history.   The talented 6-11, 250-pound big man who spent last season playing for Indiana prep school La Lumiere and is another of the quality Australia juniors who have been developed by the AIS 's Basketball Centre of Excellence. Humphries now leaves Australia' most successful...
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Joe Ingles signs 2-year, $4.5 million deal with Utah Jazz

Free agent wing Joe Ingles has signed a 2-year, $4.5 million dollar deal with the Jazz, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.   Ingles came out of nowhere relative obscurity to play 79 games for Utah in his rookie season. He had spent several years overseas in Europe and Israel before coming across to make his NBA debut at 27 and it went exceedingly well. Ingles ended...
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Brian Goorjian says “Warriors style” basketball can help Guangdong regain title

NBL coaching legend Brian Goorjian, who led the Dongguan Leopards to the play-offs in each of his six seasons in the Chinese Basketball Association before leaving the club to join the Guangdong Southern Tigers, says the former CBA champion should learn from newly crowned NBA champion Golden Warriors for getting the title back in the new season.   Goorjian almost returned to the NBL with Melbourne United...
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