Rethinking the AIS basketball program with Ian Stacker and Phil Smyth

Rethinking the AIS basketball program with Ian Stacker and Phil Smyth


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The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has been funded by the Australian government since 1981 with the focus of producing elite sporting talent for its men’s and women’s Olympic teams.

 

The majority of basketball players who have gone on to represent Australia have all spent time in Canberra at what was first known as the AIS basketball program and now referred to as the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (COE).

 

Ian Stacker, the head coach of the AIS basketball program from 2010-2013 recently wrote an article titled “time to rethink the COE” on his blog.

 

The article detailed were he saw the program lacking during his time at the helm and his thoughts on how to improve it.

 

Stacker listed the following reasons that it’s high time there is a review of this program which has been changed very little in the past 35 years.

  • There is no regular elite competition in Canberra for AIS athletes to face
  • Moving 15-16-year-old athletes to Canberra and isolating them from friends and family negatively impacts the program
  • Canberra is expensive to fly in and out of making any type of player movement challenging
  • Experienced coaches don’t want to move to Canberra unless it’s for large sums of money
  • Most of the program’s budget is currently spent on residence and coaches and administration salaries.

 

We reached out to Ian to delve a little deeper into his ideas on how to better use the program’s funding in a way we could develop basketball talent within our country better.

 

On top of that we also we lucky enough to run these ideas past “The General” Phil Smyth, who assisted Dr. Adrian Hurley as he laid the foundations for the program in the early 80’s.

 

Phil and Ian take a real hard look at what is and isn’t working with the program today, in the hopes that people who make the decisions out there might listen to change.

 

 

 

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Phil gives his “no holds barred” views on Stacker’s COE improvements and offers up potentially some even better ideas on how to improve the program, which may also improve the Boomers program at the same time by giving them some quality international opponents to warm up against before major tournaments.

 

It’s insightful, educational and something every Aussie hoops tragic needs to listen to and give their opinions on.

 

After you listen to the podcast be sure to let us know if you think the program who has seen more of its Alumni drafted to the NBA in the past decade than high profile college programs like Wake Forest, Nebraska, Utah, Butler and New Mexico needs changing or not.

Other highlights of the podcast include;

  • Thoughts on the Boomers line-up for Rio.
  • Should Andrej Lemanis have gone with Damian Martin or Brad Newley as the final selection
  • Is Terrance Ferguson joining the Adelaide 36ers another “pipeline” just as important to Australian basketball as the COE?
  • and much more

 

There’s plenty of stories of what he faced as an NBA rookie, thoughts on the game today and we even discuss gun violence… it’s a great episode.

 

All this and a whole lot more, download on iTunes, TuneIn or Sticher today.

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