Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence has announced two additions to their 2016 class with Alexander Mudronja and Owen Hulland granted scholarships from July 17.
Both athletes have represented South Australia’s Under-18 men’s side at national championships and are 16 years of age with Mudronja (195cm) playing as a point guard while Hulland (209cm) is a forward rim protector.
“The BA Centre of Excellence’s purpose is to identify potential Boomers (and Opals) and focuses on and facilitates their long term development,” said Centre of Excellence Associate Coach Adam Caporn.
“We are very excited about bringing both Alex and Owen into the program and expect them to take full advantage of the opportunity.”
On the national level, Mudronja has represented Australia at the 2015 Under-17 Oceania Championship where he showcased his versatility in the back court as a viable offensive weapon and impressive ball-handler.
As a taller point guard, Mudronja’s length also comes in handy at the defensive end of the floor as he can guard multiple positions.
‘Alex is an exciting play-maker and at 193cm has international size for the point guard position,” said Caporn.
“Along with his terrific vision and passing ability, Alex has demonstrated an elite work ethic and professionalism over a sustained period of time within our high performance pathway.”
Hulland’s activity on the boards is one of his greatest attributes while his frame allows him to be a highly competent shot blocker.
“Owen had a very good tournament at the recent U18 National Championships and impressed in his recent visit to the CoE where he joined us for two SEABL games,” said Caporn.
“He has great versatility both with his skill set, quickness and agility while his ability to defend on the perimeter and protect the rim makes him an exciting asset defensively for international basketball and we are very excited about his future.”
Both players will feature at the Basketball Without Borders camp which kicked off today in Melbourne.