Big V's MVP hits the NBA


2017 State Championship Men Co-MVP Dillon Stith had the chance of a lifetime this past week when Melbourne United took on the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

McKinnon's Stith, who won the league's best individual award had been training with the Melbourne United squad over the last few months, before venturing back to the US participate in the Red Bull 3x3 world championships where he (and fellow Big V players Dondray Walker, Jonathon Maybank and Daniel Borbajo) came away with an impressive bronze medal.

When Melbourne United Coach, Dean Vickerman, heard that Dillon would be in the US he invited him to attend the OKC game as part of the team. Dillon stayed with and trained with the team and took to the court in the fourth quarter where he recorded two rebounds.

Melbourne United played an amazing game in which they took it to Thunder, led by their trio of NBA superstars including last season's NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony for the full four quarters. The game went down to the wire with OKC coming away with a one-point victory.

"To be a part of such a great representation of Australian basketball against an NBA power, on their home court, was alone a tremendous experience. The fact that it came down to the wire and we nearly left victorious was icing on the cake," Stith told McKinnon basketball post-game.

"As a professional, to share the hardwood with some of the greatest players to ever play the game, like current NBA MVP Russell Westbrook as well as one of my childhood heroes Carmelo Anthony, truly showed me what I'm capable of as well as what skills I should focus to sharpen.

"The game that my Father taught my brother and I has opened countless doors for me and this was as good as it gets. Coming from a Virginia backyard shooting hoops until it was too dark to see the rim, I always had someone right there with me. That game played on that NBA court this past Sunday, for me, is dedicated to the greatest Dad a kid could have! Thank you to the team at Melbourne United and Coach Vickerman for such an amazing opportunity,” Stith said.

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