What a coup for the Illawarra Hawks!
The Australian Basketball Association (ABA) is a basketball league in NSW that has many great young players but no crowds.
It is important to get more and more people around these games because these are all young and upcoming athletes who are more than likely heading over to the US to play in the college level at the end of the season.
The competition is very strong because every one of these players is playing their hardest because they want to get to the next level.
Every young player starts out playing rep basketball if they want to be good. These players have all gone through the same process and they know all about it.
If the young players come to their games they can come and learn from them and develop different skills when watching these older players play.
This league has 12 teams from all over NSW and all of these clubs have younger teams so if these clubs advertise more about when their youth league teams are playing at home then they will more than likely get bigger crowds.
These teams do not play at home often so when people in the community get around these games it will be a lot more beneficial to the boys who are playing because it will give them more motivation to play harder and then as a spectator you get to watch a better game of basketball as well.
Every great player has started somewhere. Players like Andrew Bogut, when he was this age, the ABA was called the SEABL but this is where he started then ended up going and play college for Utah and then going on to be the No.1 draft pick in the NBA.
Other players like Patty Mills also played in this league so it just shows that these leagues are for really good up-and-coming players who are ready to give their all and player their hardest to get to the places they want to go.
This league is played by young men between the ages of 17 and 20. From personal experience, watching these games has inspired me and taught me new things every time I go and watch one of these games.
For a young player like myself, I used to play with boys that were older than me so having them teach me about the game and different ways to play the game was very helpful.
Younger players get much better when they play with older players due to the skill level that they have to go up against. They learn how to not be scared of the opponent and they learn how to be more aggressive when playing the game.
These clubs all go down until the under-12 competitions. This level is for young players who are good but also want to get better so they can be like these older players.
Whilst these young players are at this age they don’t know much about the game other than what they have taught themselves or what coaches have taught them so for players to go out and learn from these older players is really good for their game.
The good thing about these competitions is they don’t only inspire young and upcoming boys, but they have a women’s league as well and the competition in this is also very strong.
All of these girls are great players that have been playing since they were young athletes as well, so young girls can be inspired by these older women as well.
There have been many great female players over the years but a few that come to mind straight away would be Liz Cambage and Lauren Jackson. These are probably two of the best female players that have gone through the Australian basketball system.
These girls grew up playing in these competitions as well.
This just all shows how good this competition really is and how many great players there has been gone through this system.
These players playing in the younger competitions should stick with the teams they are playing with and get around to the senior teams because it will really benefit their game and their motivation to get to the next level.