Category Archives: College

Chris Harriman becomes assistant coach at New Mexico

University of New Mexico basketball team have signed former NBL guard Chris Harriman as head assistant coach.   Chris Harriman played 23 games in the NBL, one season with the Sydney Kings (1999) another with the Hunter Valley Pirates in their inaugural NBL season (2004). He joins the Lobos after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Nebraska Cornhuskers under Tim Miles.   Harriman has...
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Sydney’s Dan Trist invited to NBA Pre-Draft Tournament

Dan Trist, a senior center on the Lafayette College men's basketball team, has accepted an invite to compete in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament to be played from April 8-11 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Trist is originally from Sydney and went to school at North Sydney Boys High School before being recruited by Leopards coach Fran Hanlon. The Portsmouth Invitational invites the top college seniors from across the country...
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Cairns Taipans star Scottie Wilbekin describes playing in the Final Four

Scottie Wilbekin was an integral part of the Cairns Taipans success this year. Narrowly losing to the New Zealand Breakers in the championship game, he averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists and guided the team to a #1 spot during the regular season. He alsobecame the first player in club history to win both team MVP and Best Defensive Player. Now with the NBL season now behind...
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Ben Simmons will take LSU basketball to another level

Somewhere between the behind-the-back-dribble driving one-handed dunk and the seeing-eye, full-court outlet pass, it occurred to me as I watched Ben Simmons at the Alario Center on Thursday night:

Two of the 10 best basketball players in the world under the age of 25 will be playing along the I-10 corridor in 2015.

Ben Simmons isn't in Anthony Davis' league yet....

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Xavier Cooks, the unknown second generation aussie basketball star

Dante Exum, Ben Simmons and even Jonah Bolden are second generation Australian basketballers who are now making an impact in the US, but another second generation basketballer is doing the same under much less spotlight, 18 year old Xavier Cooks. The talented 6'8' swingman had a number of schools courting him which included Santa Barbara, Boise State, UMaine, Hartford, and Nicholls State before deciding to sign...
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Jack Purchase commits to play at Auburn University

Jack Purchase, son of Melbourne Tigers Legend Nigel Purchase, has committed to playing with the Auburn Tigers in 2014. The Carey Grammar student who was also pursued heavily by TAC Cup team Northern Knights in the hopes he would choose football over basketball committed to the Tigers only five days after officially visiting Auburn. As of late Purchase has been playing for the Melbourne Tigers BIG V Championship...
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A Guide to Obtaining College Basketball Scholarships

There are over 80 Division 1 Australian athletes in the USA on college basketball scholarships with double that amount playing at different levels. Although challenging it can be at times living in a different continent Australian player’s have adjusted to life in America. Generally, they have thrived in the Mecca of basketball by achieving great feats on and off the court. In my time as an intercollegiate basketball coach...
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