As the Aussie presence in the NBA has grown and proven to be valuable contributors to the game, more youngsters from the Land Down Under are set to showcase their abilities in the upcoming National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament with the sublimely alliterative name of March Madness.
Ten of the teams selected for the one-and-done tournament have Australians playing for them, a total of 17 players who hope to gain traction and attract attention from NBA franchises.
One of those players is Isaac Humphries, who plays for the South number two-seeded team Kentucky. The team won the Southeast Athletic Conference crown for 2017. Humphries, from Sydney, is a back-up centre for the Wildcats, filling something of an Andrew Bogut role, where he contributes points and rebounds despite averaging under 10 minutes of playing time per game.
Keanu Pinder of Perth, of the West number two-seeded Arizona squad, which, if irony is your forte, is also named the Wildcats.
If Arizona can get through to the Round of 32, they could conceivably match up against St. Mary’s Gaels of California, where Pinder will encounter seven Aussie mates. Saint Mary’s has Aussies Dane Pineau, Jock Landale, Kyle Clark, Tanner Krebs, Jock Perry, Jordan Hunter and Emmet Naar. Landale led the team in scoring and Naar was impressive at point guard.