Hailing from the Island state, Kye Savage has secured a scholarship to the Centre of Excellence (CoE), cementing his place among the country’s top emerging prospects.
Savage’s basketball journey has already seen him don the green and gold as part of the national team at the 2022 FIBA Under 17 World Cup held in Spain.
Locally, he has been making his mark in the NBL1 South league for North West Thunder, where his talents have earned him an average of 19:13 minutes on the hardwood. Coming off the bench, he has been a valuable contributor with an impressive scoring average of 10.13 points, demonstrating his ability to find the basket consistently.
Savage’s commitment to the CoE follows an impressive lineage of skilled guards from the northwest coast who have thrived in the program. Following in the footsteps of Taran Armstrong, Reyne Smith, and Jacob Furphy, Savage brings speed and a scoring punch to the Centre of Excellence program where he will expand his overall game as he immerses himself in the daily training environment on offer by the CoE.
Excitement surrounds Savage’s arrival in Canberra, with CoE Head Coach Robbie McKinlay expressing his optimism about the potential of the talented young guard.
“Kye has already represented Australia and has dominated at the National Junior Championship level, so we are pleased he has agreed to join the program,” McKinlay said.
“We have monitored his progress and thanks to the work of Basketball Tasmania and the Thunder program, he has earned this opportunity and we feel he will bring another dimension to the daily training environment.”
With his inclusion in the program set to commence this week, Savage is poised to make an impact as he is likely to take to the court in the coming weeks to represent the CoE in the NBL1 East competition.