Boomer and NBL great Brad Davidson joins BA

Boomer and NBL great Brad Davidson joins BA

Former Australian Boomer and NBL guard Brad Davidson has been appointed the National Shooting Coach and Talent Identification Manager for Basketball Australia’s High Performance program.

A member of the Australian Boomers team that claimed gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Davidson forged a decorated NBL career, playing 393 games for the Townsville Crocodiles, Cairns Taipans, Hunter Valley Pirates, Singapore Slingers and Adelaide 36ers between 1997 and 2009.

Over his 13 year NBL career, Davidson was a renowned three-point shooter, making more than 600 shots from beyond the arc at a career clip of 40%. The point guard was also accurate from the free throw line, retiring an 84% career shooter from the charity stripe.

Davidson said he is looking forward to the new role and believes basketball is entering into an exciting period of development that will bear fruit on the world stage.

“It’s a very exciting time to be involved in Australian basketball,” Davidson said.

“You only have to look at some of the talent coming through the junior programs for both the men and women to see we are heading in the right direction.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to work with Brendan (Joyce) and Andrej (Lemanis), two people in basketball I admire and get along with well.”

Post his playing days, Davidson settled in Adelaide, playing in the Central Australian Basketball League before taking over as Head Coach of Norwood in the senior men’s competition in 2011.

The 39-year-old has worked closely in the state’s development programs, serving as Head Coach of the South Australian Metro team at the 2013 Australian Under 20 Championships, winning the bronze medal.

Jayco Australian Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce said Davidson’s appointment to the new role will have a lasting, positive impact on the national team programs.

“Quite simply, our percentages need to improve, not just shooting, but shooting under pressure,” Joyce said.

“Having Brad gives us a resource that can pay closer attention to how our players shoot and where there is opportunity to improve.

“Even if there is only a small improvement in shooting percentage, that can be the difference between winning and losing games, and winning medals.”

The National Shooting Coach role will see Davidson provide support to the national team programs, Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence (CoE) scholarship athletes, and nationally targeted athletes. In addition, the role will see the delivery of a national shooting program in close consultation with the state and territory high performance programs.

As part of the Talent Identification Manager role, Davidson will work closely with the national team programs and the state and territory high performance programs to assess and develop talent pathways to ensure athletes involved are given the best opportunity to go on to one day play for the Jayco Australian Opals and Australian Boomers.