On the latest episode of Aussie Hoopla we sit down with Brisbane star import Torrey Craig who takes us through the ups and down faced by the Bullets this season before we wind back the clock and speak with former Australian Boomer and 1996 NBL champion Frank Drmic.
Torrey Craig is currently playing in his third NBL season and having signed a two-year deal with Brisbane at the start of the year is set to be a part of the league for a while.
Topics discussed on the show include:
- Torrey’s rookie season and what it was narrowly losing the NBL championship.
- Memories of playing college basketball for South Carolina and facing future NBA stars Ian Clark, Jared Sullinger, Jordan McRae and Tim Hardaway Jnr.
- What the basketball scene is like in Brisbane now they have a team in the NBL once again
- What kind of response he made worldwide headlines with his amazing half court buzzer beater in Cairns which was shown on ESPN and Sportscenter.
- What is was like playing under two great Australian coaches, Aaron Fearne and Andrej Lemanis and how they differ.
- Why he thinks he’s been able to improve every NBL season.
- Torrey’s confirms he will be playing for Gold Coast Rollers (QBL) in the offseason and plan’s to become a naturalised Australian.
We then discuss the roller coaster season the Bullets have had in 2017 and ask Torrey what he thinks are the positive signs for Brisbane being successful in next year’s competition.
Once we say goodbye to Torrey Craig, Frank Drmic joins us to discuss what he is spending his time on after retirement and journey through the high points and low points of his career.
We start off discussing how Frank started playing basketball, a unique journey which included training underneath NBL coach Brian Goorjian from the age of 13.
Frank was a part of the trailblazing Australia junior team who won gold at the 1997 under 23 World Championships. 20 years after we discuss that tournament who discuss what it was like facing stars like Stephen Marbury, Vince Carter and Manu Ginobili at a young age.
Other highlights of the interview include;
- Memories of attending the Australian Institute of Sport and the bond he formed with teammates like Aaron Trahair, Simon Dwight, etc. who become NBL stars
- What he learned from South East Melbourne Magic players like Sam MacKinnon, Darren Lucas and of course Brian Goorjian
- The incredible rise of Chris Anstey and Sam MacKinnon and watching them develop.
- What it was like playing for the Victoria Titans in the aftermath of merging the South East Melbourne Magic and North Melbourne Giants.
- How Melbourne basketball fans booed Frank because he wore North Melbourne legend Pat Reidy’s number and how it effected his entire career.
- Thoughts on why the Victoria Titans could never win the title.
- What led to him eventually leaving Victoria and longtime coach Brian Goorjian.
- His experiences playing overseas and why he chose to play in Europe instead of the NBL.
- Frank compares the coaching styles of Brian Goorjian and Brett Brown after playing under both in the NBL.
- His opinion on playing under NBA legend Mark Price and thoughts on Shane Heal replacing him during his time with the South Dragons.
- Watching younger brother Anthony Drmic begin his NBL journey in Adelaide and how it compares to his own rookie experiences.
Other highlights of Franks career included winning the NBL title as a rookie in 1996 and playing for the Australian National team at the 1998 FIBA World Championships which we cover in great detail.