If you think you’ve been undeservedly left out of the national basketball stage, this event just might be what you need to get yourself noticed.
Organised in collaboration by the National Basketball League (NBL) and W Sports & Media, the inaugural Australian National Pro Combine will be conducted as a two-day event from 20 – 21 June 2016 at the State Basketball Centre in Melbourne, and includes a variety of training drills, athletic tests and competitive games.
The event is focused on identifying overlooked talent –both local and import– and offer an opportunity at reaching the NBL; a genuine shot at the big stage, especially for players who currently play at the state leagues. These players will be given an opportunity to showcase their skills, in front of coaches from the NBL, SEABL and other leading clubs.
Not only will the players be competing in live action, they will also be tested by leading sport scientists on their athletic and physical capabilities.
NBL GM, Jeremy Loeliger is understandably positive about this unique offering. “The NBL is proud to support an initiative that gives Australian and international talent, a potential pathway to the NBL that they have never previously had in Australia.”
According to Olaf Borutz, event organiser, this combine is modelled after similar events currently operating in the United States, and there are expectations for the event to be made into an annual recurring offering.
Jacob Holmes, Chief Officer of the Australian Basketballers Association also sees the Australian National Pro Combine as a “strong opportunity for basketball players around Australia to showcase their talents”.
Registrations are now open through the official website for the Combine, and cost $200. Note that registration is also subject to acceptance.