Big V talent take a shot at the big time


Ten talented Big V players were among 60 of the best in the country to showcase their elite basketball ability in the Australian National Pro Combine earlier this month. The intensive two-day session at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre provided an opportunity for participants to show their skill to recruiters from prospective NBL associations.

It comes after the commencement of the Free Trade period allowing the players the best chance to be recruited. Elite coaches and officials from clubs around Australia watched on as players aimed to impress.

Launched in 2016, the program acts as a direct pathway for the talent to enter the National Basketball League (NBL). The Combine is a dynamic collaboration of the NBL, Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence and the Australian Basketballers’ Association. It aims to offer rising stars an opportunity to progress in their basketball careers without necessarily travelling abroad.

The talent pool included players from SEABL, State League, National Under-18 and Under 20’s and the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence. Overseas participants from America and India were also in attendance.

The camp is expertly directed by Patrick Hunt, President of the FIBA World Association of Basketball Coaches and inductee of the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame. Hunt is renknowned for his elite level coaching and integral involvement in the making of worldwide champions. He was instrumental in progressing the likes of Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova, through The Australian Institute of Sport.

Listed below are the BIG V participants for the Pro Combine:

Chris Kaba (Knox Raiders)

Jack Barry (Hawthorn Magic)

Jonathan Maybank (Whittlesea Pacers)

Hunter Marks (Casey Cavaliers)

Aaron Blumberg (McKinnon Cougars)

Xavier Blount (Warrnambool Seahawks)

Adam Thoseby (Knox Raiders)

Jacob Formosa (Sunbury Jets)

Tim Liesting (Waverley Falcons)

Liam Platt (Sunbury Jets)


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