Meet the next generation of Australian basketball players – The UBJ
New York Knicks international scout Adam Tatalovich is constantly on the lookout for the next big thing and never knows where he’ll find it.
Although it’s best to start at the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) camp, which earlier this month hosted some of the best young players in the Asia-Pacific region.
These kids are practically like a blank canvas when I look at them,” he told the sources.
“I don’t like to start the children’s book too early. You have the potential to excel as a player.
Talent can be seen in less expected areas.
Kristi Harrower, four-time Olympic medalist, noticed Dyson Daniels, the new Australian NBA prospect, in brief flashes.
The brothers would be on the pitch getting dirty before we entered the pitch when we were playing for the spirit, and you could recognize the talent immediately, Harrower recalled, sources said.
You just knew. He was probably only eight or nine years old at the time, and you and we have witnessed his talent.
Daniels and Josh Giddey are the newest additions to Basketball Australia’s Center of Excellence (CoE)’s extensive list of achievements and history that spans four decades.
They all hail from the same venues where some of Australia’s second-best basketball prospects played last week, including Daniels, Giddey, Ingles, Mills, Dellavedova, Bogut, Cambage and Jackson.
Forging a career in the NBA or WNBA may be in the future for some of them, continuing a long history, but for others it may not be.
Sources have interviewed five promising young Australian players from the BWB camp about their time at Canberra and their aspirations for the future.
With proof stands the 7 foot giant
It’s hard to miss Rocco Zikarsky. Even Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen is dwarfed by him at 7 feet 1 inch (218 cm) tall.
However, there is a problem.
Although Zikarsky stands out for his height, there is much more to his game and him as a person than his height. The 16-year-old fights every day to demonstrate this.
It was one of his arguments from the previous year, he remarked.
I’m trying to illustrate that I’m one of those people who can increase my reach and drive just to prove that it’s not just my height that helps me. I am capable and I have skills.
Zikarsky, who won bronze for Germany in the 4×100 relay at the 1996 Summer Olympics, could have easily dominated the pool rather than the basketball court.
Plus, Kylie’s mom was a skilled ironwoman.