La Trobe key in search for next NBL star

The country’s best young basketballers were put through their paces last week at the National Basketball League’s Combine Testing.

Held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, it was the first time all the sport’s governing bodies – NBL, Basketball Australia, Centre of Excellence and the Australian Basketballers’ Association – came together to offer a pathway for elite junior talent to prosper in Australia.

La Trobe played a key role in the two day event as the university was responsible for the testing of 60 participants and recording and distributing their results.

The testing employed the same techniques used by the NBA and included analysing athletes on their agility, offensive and defensive breakdowns, reaction time, skills, and vertical jump as well as their physical attributes such as height, weight and wingspan.

Dr Daniel Wundersitz, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at La Trobe’s Heath School, oversaw proceedings and believes the hands-on experience was beneficial for both students and staff.

“Opportunities like these are great for our students as it helps them put skills they have been taught throughout their studies into practice, as well as experiencing an elite level environment before graduating,” Dr Wundersitz said.

“It is also of great benefit to our staff as we are able to build connections within the industry that are vital for both us as individuals but also for La Trobe as a whole.”

Media and Communications students were also given media accreditations to film the testing, interview talent and fine-tune their skills at NBL hosted press-conferences.

With La Trobe undertaking the past two NBL combine tests, Dr Wundersitz believes it shows how highly respected La Trobe University is within the sports industry.

“I think being asked to undertake these types of tests shows that a number of elite level organisations deem the work La Trobe does within the sports industry to be of an incredibly high standard.”

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