44 players have been invited to Basketball Australia’s Athlete Development Camp (ADC) with all eight states and territories represented.
Held from January 18-22, the ADC offers a mechanism to identify future Australian Boomers and Opals as well as assess potential scholarship holders for the Centre of Excellence.
Players are also given the development opportunity to learn under the top coaches in the country and be exposed to the Boomers and Opals style of play.
“It provides a holistic education approach where the athletes will be involved in individual development as well as team concepts,” said Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce.
“It also offers what we call an IQ development opportunity, which will assist the athletes in decision making. We all know it is important to have a skills package but it is equally important to develop your intellect and understanding of the game.”
Aside from the 44 athletes, eleven coaches will also be exposed to the education process.
“We will subject coaches that have the potential to coach our junior national teams and possibly step up to senior teams in some capacity.
“We share the style of play and then those coaches can go back and teach those concepts down the line. So in it’s own way this also assists us in increasing the development of players.
“We allow the opportunity for state high performance managers to participate or observe at the camp which offers another opportunity for everyone to understand what we want transferred down to junior levels and this again directly develops Australian players and coaches.”
The 2016 ADC list of athletes: Tina Aokusa (QLDS), Brady Armstrong (TAS), Isabela Bourne (ACT), Kyle Bowen (WA), Austin Bradtke (VICM), Emma Clarke (WAM), Lucy Cochrane (VICM), Abby Cubillo (NT), Chelsea D’Angelo (VICC), Lachlan Dent (NSWC), Dragon Elkaz (NSWM), Ben Fakira (NSWM), Biar Garang (SAM), Grace George (QLDS), Miela Goodchild (QLDS), Juliet Gordan (SAM), Cassidy Gould (VICM), Bailey Griffiths (VICM), Mackenzie Hoycard (WAC), Matt Johns (VICC), Tristan Lloyd (VICC), Sean MacDonald (VICM), Cassidy McLean (NSWC), Lara McSpadden (NSWC), Ezi Magbegor (VICM), Makuach Maluach (NSWC), Taylor Mole (TAS), Chloe Molloy (VICC), Alexander Mudronja (SAM), Genna Ogier (VICC), Andrew Panayiotou (VICM), Rebecca Pizzey (VICM), Darcy Rees (SAM), Jacob Rigoni (SAM), Maddison Rocci (VICM), Kiera Rowe (VICM), Ryan Runnals (QLDN), Jazmin Shelley (VICC), Sam Short (VICC), Jaz Simmons (NSWC), Samantha Simons (SAM), Kody Stattman (QLDN), Nick Stoddard (QLDS), Jackson Walsh (SAC).
The 2016 ADC list of coaches: Phil Brown, Brett Coxsedge, Trudie Hopgood, David Ingham, Jordan Mullan, Mark Radford, Justin Schueller, Shannon Seebohm, Kristen Veal, Mark Watkins.