How David Herbert is preparing the Gems for the FIBA U19 Women's World Cup
The veteran coach shares his planning process for Australia's tilt at a world junior title
This week, the biggest event in women’s junior representative basketball tips off in Madrid. Australian Gems coach David Herbert will again lead the team, having guided them to a silver medal in Hungary, 2021 and been an assistant coach for their silver in Thailand, 2019.
Herbert also coaches the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence team that competes as a wildcard in NBL1 and features a host of Gems players, including Jessica Petrie, Rubi Gray, Jayda Clark and Saffron Shiels.
Before the main event starts, the team will play several warm-up games, including a four-team mini-tournament with USA, Canada and Spain. Herbert tells The Pick and Roll he doesn’t have “huge expectations” for the pre-cup games, preferring to use them as trials. “We’ll be experimenting with lineups and trying to finalise a style of play before our first (tournament) game against Spain. It’s an interesting situation because we play them twice before we meet them in the tournament – do you go out and play as hard as you can? Or do you hide things?”
“We’re developing processes on how we defend both on-ball and off-ball screens, but that may vary from how we hit the ground running in our first game.”
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