Top Ten NBL Players  who made an impression after Round 1

By Marco Selorio


The “NEW” NBL launched last week with plenty of hype. Seven solid games were played, plenty of great plays and fresh new faces. However not a single team scored over 100 points. There were a few notable players that stood out for their respective clubs after Round 1.


  1. Melbourne United YOUNG GUNS (Majok Majok, Todd Blanchfield & Chris Goulding). The impressive trio led the United to a hot 2-0 start. Blanchfield dropped 29 points, and 8 rebounds including 7 three-pointers on opening night, followed by a 15 and 15 double double the next game. Goulding got 7 points, 5 boards and 11 dimes, followed by 26, 4 and 3 the next game. My favourite is Majok, the Sudanese centre who is leading the NBL in rebounds after grabbing 13 and 12 in his first two games in the league.


  1. Julian Khazzouh (Sydney Kings). The returning big man made a mockery of the Taipans, dominating his counterparts to the tune of 22 points, 9 boards, 2 dimes, 2 steals, 5 blocks and 2 threes, plus a big opening night win. Icing on the cake. Welcome back, Jules.


  1. AJ Ogilvy (Illawarra Hawks). The latest Hawks anchor dug deep and powered his way to 20 points, 15 boards and 3 blocks but it wasn’t enough against Melbourne. His confidence will continue to soar under Coach Rob Beveridge’s tutelage.


  1. Hakim Warrick (Melbourne United). The high-profile NBA import made his debut off the bench and is averaging 17.5 points and 5 rebounds. Head Coach Dean Demopolous is easing him in slowly, but expect more from this hard-working power forward as the season progresses.


  1. Jason Cadee (Sydney Kings). No Josh Childress, no problem. Enter Jason Cadee, straight into the starting five. The local Bankstown boy had a dream stat line: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and two 3-pointers. It was game over by halftime.


  1. Brian Conklin (Townsville Crocodiles). The bruising American import and reigning NBL MVP dropped 25 points and 5 boards on opening night against the United, and followed it up with 15 and 10 double double versus New Zealand. The Crocs are lagging at 0-2.


  1. Adam Gibson (Adelaide 36ers). The veteran Australian guard got 11 points, 6 boards, 8 assists and 1 steal in 28 minutes against New Zealand.


  1. Cedric Jackson (NZ Breakers). After a relatively quiet game against the 36ers, Action Jackson erupted with a triple double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists against the Crocs.


  1. Matt Hodgson (Adelaide 36ers). On opening night the 6’11”, 23-year old Australian centre dropped 18 points, 9 boards, 3 blocks and an assist in only 18 minutes of court time off the bench. The former St Mary’s Gael was a development player for Melbourne United last year but looks ready to take his game to another level.


  1. Mark Worthington (Cairns Taipans). The Australian veteran forward came off the bench to help his team win against a resurgent Illawarra Hawks. Wortho’s stat line: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals in 28 minutes. He should be starting, but his addition solidifies the Taipans bench.


PLAYERS TO WATCH NEXT ROUND: Kirk Penney, Josh Childress, Nathan Jawai, Damian Martin, Tom Abercrombie, Jordair Jett, Charles Jackson

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