Category Archives: Player Development

“I have a couple of teams that are interested”: Isaac Humphries on his NBA prospects, the transition to pro basketball and being back in Sydney

At 5’8” (okay, 5’7.5”, if I’m truthful!), the first thing that I personally notice when I sit down with Isaac Humphries is his height. Despite being younger than my little sister, he towers over me and barely fits into the chair at the café table where we sit for our interview. Unfortunately there aren’t any other chairs available, but he doesn’t look perturbed – I...
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How to become an NBA scout with 14 year NBA scout Pete Philo

We know only Hoops Tragics listen to this show, so for something different we sit down with Pete Philo, who spent 14 years as an NBA scout with the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks.   Pete, who was also a director of scouting for the Chinese National team from 2010-12, goes into great detail on how you can become an NBA scout and what NBA...
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Girls College Basketball Camps set to be an Australian First

Australian women’s basketball has been a force in world standards for many years and the trend is not slowing, rather gathering more momentum and driving interest in our pathways for junior girls.   Who can forget our 2016 Sapphires who defeated Italy 62-38 in the FIBA U17 women’s world championship final to become the first team outside of the United States to win the tournament? More recently...
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Pro Combine opportunity to provide Australia with promising talent

The NBL and W Sports and Media are pleased to announce in hosting of Australia's first inaugural National Pro Combine on 20-21 June 2016 in Melbourne.   This excellent and historic event gives NBL clubs and SEABL clubs the chance to pick up young Australian basketball talent and also a potential pathway to the NBL. The combine is the first of its kind in Australia and will give players the...
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A has-been’s guide to getting ahead in junior basketball

I turned 30 years old last year. Ancient, I know. But when I was a junior I played at a pretty high level of ball. I played CBL against a young Shane McDonald (New Zealand Breakers). I lined up against Troy Chaplain (Richmond Tigers) playing for Country Victoria, tried (and failed) to defend Brad Robbins in Melbourne (ex-Perth Wildcats) and went into battle against high schoolers from...
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How Safe Is Your Basketball Career from Knee Pain?

Do you want to become a professional basketball player? Nothing will crush your odds of joining the basketball elite like a history of knee pain. If you can’t run or jump with 100% effort, you won’t reach your full potential as a player. Without exceptional skills, you will go undrafted. To join the basketball elite, you need strong knees. This article will show you how to get...
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The future is bright for Australian Junior Basketball

BASKETBALL Australia’s national shooting coach has predicted a “golden age” for future national teams, such is the level of talent on display at the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup. Brad Davidson, who as a player enjoyed a long career in the National Basketball League and was a gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, said Australia’s junior playing stocks were filled with potential champions for years...
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Lauren Jackson set to launch Basketball Academy

Australia’s greatest ever female Basketballer, Lauren Jackson, is proud to announce the establishment of the Lauren Jackson Basketball Academy.   The Lauren Jackson Basketball Academy will provide basketball enthusiasts, aged 15 – 18 years, with the opportunity to gain additional skills and experience that will ultimately assist them to define their future career and study options.   The 12-week program will supply Academy members with the coaching needed to...
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The 3 keys to winning a championship

As the start of the season over here in the USA steadily approaches every player and coach wonders if the hopes, dreams, and the hard work will pay off at the end of the season with the raising of a championship trophy. Every team has the goal to win a championship. However, realistically not every team has the talent to achieve that goal. There are 3...
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