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    • 4.5 • 70 Ratings

Visit our website at www.aussiehoopla.com for in depth analysis of Aussie Basketball. Each episode features interviews with current Aussie basketball stars, Australian Boomers playing overseas and legends of the NBL.

    Luke Nevill on his NBL career, NBA experiences and the decline of the big man

    Luke Nevill on his NBL career, NBA experiences and the decline of the big man

    Luke Nevill grew up playing basketball for the Stirling Senators in Western Australia. After struggling to get noticed by elite coaches in Australia he moved to the United States to play high school basketball with Kell High School in Marietta, Georgia.
    It didn't take long to be noticed by the University of Utah and accepted a scholarship in 2004. He decided to redshirt his first year as a Utah Ute and developed his skills during training sessions against fellow big man Andrew Bogut.
    With NBA interest growing around Nevill he decided to return to college for his senior season, leading the Utes to the NCAA Tournament. At the conclusion of the season, he was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 16.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.7 blocks per game.
    Nevill went undrafted and after participating in a training camp invitation from the Cleveland Cavaliers he became one of the first Australian's to go on to play in the NBA D-League, signing with the Utah Flash in 2009.
    He played 48 games, started 43 of them and averaged 11.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.
    In 2010 Nevill returned to Australia, signing a deal with the Melbourne Tigers. It was a tumultuous season for the Tigers, after recruiting multiple big men (Cam Tragardh, Wade Helliwell and Matthew Burston had also signed deals that season) the team had an unbalanced roster and failed to make the playoffs. 
    Nevill averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds and 1 block in only 25 minutes per game.
    The following year Nevill returned to Perth when the opportunity to play for his hometown Perth Wildcats came along. In the 2011–12 NBL season, Nevill averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block per game and helped the team reach the NBL Grand Final where they narrowly lost to the New Zealand Breakers.
    Nevill signed a pre-season deal with the Indiana Pacers in 2012. He narrowly missed out on making the team and then returned to the NBL, signing with the Townsville Crocodiles mid-season.
    Nevill played in Taiwan during the 2013–14 season before returning for his last NBL season with the Wollongong Hawks in 2014.
    It was a difficult season for Nevill who averaged the lowest numbers of his NBL career, 7 points, 6 rebounds per game in a team that finished dead last with a record of 6-22.
    Nevill would play the remainder of his career in Taiwan and Qatar before retiring in 2018. 
    Coaching in the US High School system during COVID-19 (2:00) Junior basketball playing for the Stirling Senators in WA (10:00) Playing high school basketball in the states (12:00) Attending Utah University (14:30) Entering the NBA Draft and reflections on if he stayed at college too long (20:00) Lebron James and Shaquille O'Neal stories from Cleveland Cavaliers training camp (28:30) Returning to Australia to play with the Melbourne Tigers (33:00) An opportunity to play in Russia (36:00) A last-minute signing with the Perth Wildcats and narrowly missing out on an NBL championship (44:00) An opportunity to play in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers (48:30) A year with the Townsville Crocodiles (51:00) Playing in the SBL with the Kalamunda Suns (53:00) Representing the Australian Boomers in 2013 (54:00) Why his final season in the NBL with Wollongong was the toughest year of his career (58:00) The decline of the big man and how it impacted Luke's career (102:00) The culture shock of playing in Taiwan (104:30) The biggest mistakes of his career and what Luke learnt from them (109:00) The highlight of his career (1:12:00)



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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Dr Dave Adkins and why he should be in the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame

    Dr Dave Adkins and why he should be in the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame

    Doc Adkins is largely unknown to most current NBL fans but is truly an unsung hero of the league and responsible for much of the NBL's success since it was started in 1979.
    He helped recruit players such as Cal Bruton, Leroy Loggins, James Crawford, Steve Carfino, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Chuck Harmison and many other NBL Hall Of Famers who would go on to develop the league to the standard it is today.
    He is a true pioneer of Australian basketball and worthy of being included in the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame.
    On this podcast, he joins Dan Boyce to talk about his involvement in the early years of the NBL.
    Topics include;
    How Dr Dave Adkins became involved in Australian Basketball (2:00) Bringing Cal Bruton to Australia (13:00) How did Dave "sell" the NBL to import players in the 70s and 80s (16:00) How was recruiting import players different in the 70s and 80s compared to the 90s when basketball was exploding in Australia (30:00) Dave's relationship with Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse (38:00) The methods he followed when identifying a quality import for Australian teams (45:00) Coaching the Hobart Devils from 1986-1989 (54:00) Why Dr Dave Adkins needs to be included in the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame (102:00) How the NBL was viewed across Australia when it launched in 1979 (1:07:00) What players he sent to Australia surprised him the most with their NBL careers (1:10:00) The biggest learnings Dave has taken away from his time in basketball (1:19:00)



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    Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;
    Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley
    Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic
    Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver
    NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton
    The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch
    And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
    All that and much more.
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Adam Caporn (Basketball Australia Centre Of Excellence Coach) on future Aussie NBA talent, changes to the AIS program and his NBL career

    Adam Caporn (Basketball Australia Centre Of Excellence Coach) on future Aussie NBA talent, changes to the AIS program and his NBL career

    Adam Caporn is the current head coach of Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence and an assistant coach with the Australian Boomers.
    Caporn was Australia's first player recruited to Saint Mary's College of California which lead to an influx of Aussie talent through the doors of Saint Mary's that included NBL and NBA stars like Daniel Kickert, Patrick Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Jock Landale all play for the Gaels.
    Caporn returned to Australia after two seasons in California to play three seasons with the Wollongong Hawks (2003-06) and three seasons with the Perth Wildcats (2006-09).
    After retiring at only 27 years of age he returned to Saint Mary's as an assistant to head coach Randy Bennett, who had recruited him to the Gaels a decade earlier.
    The opportunity to become the head coach at Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence arose in 2014 and Caporn returned home.
    He has since also become an assistant coach with the Australian Men's National team.
    Topics include;
    The merry-go-round that has been the Australian Boomers coaching staff this year (2:00) Thoughts on Brian Goorjian returning to lead the Boomers (11:00) Jack White, Josh Green, Tamuri Wigness and Josh Giddeys chances of being a part of the Boomers squad for the 2021 Olympics (12:30) Thoughts on the NBL debuts of Josh Giddey and Tamuri Wigness (14:00) How does the NBL Next Stars program impact the NBA Academy or Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence (18:00) How changing from the AIS to Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence has impacted the development of young basketball talent (23:00) Who are some of the best young talent coming through these programs that could land in the NBL or the NBA sometime soon? (28:00) Adam Caporns own experiences from attending the AIS (32:00)
    Attending St Marys (California) University and opening up the Aussie pipeline for the Gaels which included Daniel Kickert, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Jock Landale (35:00) Returning to play in the NBL with Wollongong (41:00) Signing with his hometown Perth Wildcats (45:00) Retiring from the NBL at 27 years of age (49:00) Coaching his first Boomers game as a head coach during the FIBA qualifiers (56:00) The biggest mistake he made during his playing career and what he learnt from it (58:00) Why he decided against becoming the Adelaide 36ers head coach this season (103:00)



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    Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;
    Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley
    Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic
    Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver
    NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton
    The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch
    And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmiso

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Luke Schenscher on guarding Shaq, 2004 Final Four and his NBL career

    Luke Schenscher on guarding Shaq, 2004 Final Four and his NBL career

    Luke Schenscher went from playing domestic basketball in Canberra to become the first high school student to play for the Australian Boomers in three years.
    His rapid development earnt him a scholarship to Georgia Tech University and then played two NBA seasons, one with the Chicago Bulls and the other with the Portland Trailblazers.
    Unable to secure a long-term NBA deal he returned to Australia where he would play 211 NBL games over 8 seasons with the Adelaide 36ers, Perth Wildcats and the Townsville Crocodiles.
    He was the starting centre on the 2010 Perth Wildcats championship team and named to the All-NBL second team in 2009 and 2011.




    Topics include;
    His retirement from basketball and becoming a teacher (2:00) Growing up on a farm in Hope Forest, SA before gaining the attention of the AIS (12:30) Developing his body and game through the AIS (14:30) Becoming the first high school student to make the Boomers squad (19:00) Heading to Georgia Tech University (20:30) Reaching the NCAA championship in 2004 (31:00) NBA interest during his time at Georgia Tech (38:00) Graduating college, considering the NBL then joining the NBDL (42:00) Joining the Chicago Bulls and making a run in the 2006 NBA playoffs (48:00) Facing Shaquille O'Neal (55:00) A season in Portland (100:00) A championship in Perth (105:00) A "money issue" with Perth and the move to Townsville (107:00) The return to Adelaide (1:10:00) Injuries start to take their toll (1:13:00) Visit dunk.com.au for your next set of basketball uniforms.












    Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;
    Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley
    Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic
    Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver
    NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton
    The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch
    And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
    All that and much more.
    Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

    • 1 hr 18 min
    New 36ers import Tony Crocker on signing with Adelaide and playing with Blake Griffin in college

    New 36ers import Tony Crocker on signing with Adelaide and playing with Blake Griffin in college

    The Adelaide 36ers signed former EuroLeague star Tony Crocker as their second import and final roster signing for the 2020-21 NBL season.

    The Oklahoma native carved out an impressive college career, playing alongside Blake Griffin at Oklahoma University, reaching the NCAA Elite Eight in 2009.
    Tony's decade-long pro-career has included significant stints in the Basketball Super League in Turkey and the EuroLeague.

    The 33-year-old forward most recently played with Pinar Karsiyaka in the Turkish Super League and the Basketball Champions League and having won a number of slam dunk competitions during his time in Europe he is expected to excite the Adelaide fans with his above the ring playing style.
    Tony averaged 10.5 points during the COVID shortened season for Pinar Karsiyaka. Prior to that he had played alongside Russian basketball legend Alexy Schved at Khimki Moscow, finishing runners-up to CSKA Moscow.




    Topics include;
    How the coronavirus impacted Tony Crocker's basketball journey (2:00) What did he know about Australian and the league before this opportunity and what caused him to sign a deal with the Adelaide 36ers (8:30) Reaching the NCAA Tournament with Oklahoma University and playing alongside Blake Griffin (12:00) Making the Elite Eight in 2009 only to lose to a talented North Carolina squad featuring Ty Lawson, Danny Green, Tyler Hansborough and Wayne Ellington (14:00) Closing the book on his college career and nominating for the NBA draft (15:00) A decade of playing in Europe, teammates, opponents and highlights (17:00) How he thinks he'll fit in with the rest of the team and what he'll be able to bring to the 36ers roster (22:00) Items on his bucket list while playing in Australia (23:00) What were some of the biggest hurdles he's faced during his career and how he overcame them (24:00) Goals for his time in Adelaide (25:00)











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    Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;
    Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley
    Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic
    Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver
    NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton
    The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch
    And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
    All that and much more.
    Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

    • 31 min
    Greg Hubbard (Illawarra Hawks) remembering the life of Stormin' Norman Taylor, the 1994 FIBA World Champs and his NBL career

    Greg Hubbard (Illawarra Hawks) remembering the life of Stormin' Norman Taylor, the 1994 FIBA World Champs and his NBL career

    With the recent passing of Stormin' Norman Taylor, Aussie Hoopla host Dan Boyce and Norman's Illawarra teammate Greg Hubbard remember the player and the man who was the most effective scoring in NBL history.
    Taylor holds the Illawarra club record for most points in a game with 54, against new Hawks coach Brian Goorjian's Eastside Spectres in 1990.


    He finished with three MVP awards, scoring 1855 in just 67 games, as well as an average of 27.69 points at the phenomenal shooting percentage of 65, plus 10.57 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.








    Topics include;
    Thoughts on the Hawks removing Illawarra from its team name (2:00) Thoughts and feelings on hearing of the passing of Norman Taylor this week (9:00) His debut in 1987 and winning the NBL Rookie of the Year (11:00) Memories of playing at "The Snake Pit" (14:30) 1988 - A dismal season for the Hawks... What happened? (17:30) Remembering Stormin' Norman Taylor, his career highlights and impact on the Illawarra community (21:00) The night Norman dropped 54 points on the Spectres (27:00) The impact of Stormin Norman on the Illawarra community (31:00) 1990 - Norman Taylors best season in the NBL (33:00) 1991 - Norman's last season, why was he only in the league three seasons? (40:00) 1992 - Melvin Thomas and Doug Overton join the Illawarra Hawks and the team reach the playoffs (43:00) 1993 - Greg joins the Sydney Kings (47:00) The "forgotten" 5th place Boomers finish at the 1994 FIBA World Championships (51:30) 1994 - Leon Trimmgham and Mario Donaldson join the Kings and Sydney reach the playoffs (56:00) 1995 - Greg suffers a back injury that changes the course of his career (58:00) A return home to Illawarra for Greg's final year in the NBL (1:02:00) The teams and players Greg and the Hawks loved to play the most in the 1990s (104:00) What Greg learnt from his decade in the NBL (109:00) Career Highlights (1:11:00)











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    Listen to our previous interviews with the biggest stars in Australian Basketball, head to Aussiehoopla.com. Check out previous podcasts featuring;
    Australian Basketball Legends - Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke, Leroy Loggins, David Andersen, Andrew Vlahov, CJ Bruton, Chris Anstey, Brett Maher, John Rillie, Tony Ronaldson, Brad Newley
    Current NBL Stars -Donald Sloan, AJ Ogilvy, Damian Martin, Daniel Kickert, Thomas Abercrombie, Jason Cadee, Bryce Cotton, Chris Goulding, Mitch McCarron, Cam Gliddon, Anthony Drmic
    Our Finest Coaching Minds - Brian Goorjian, Barry Barnes, Joey Wright, Adrian Hurley, Aaron Fearne, Rob Beveridge, Phil Smyth, Ian Stacker, Shawn Dennis, Dean Vickerman, Trevor Gleeson, Lindsey Gaze, Ken Cole, Will Weaver
    NBA Stars Past & Present - Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Jackson, Randy Livingston, Torrey Craig, Acie Earl, Josh Childress, Reggie Smith, Todd Lichti, Ryan Broekhoff, Doug Overton
    The NBL's Greatest Imports - Darryl McDonald, Ricky Grace, Derek Rucker, Leon Trimmingham, Scott Fisher, Lanard Copeland, Mike Mitchell, Darnell Mee, Isaac Burton, Adonis Jordan, Shawn Redhage, Willie Farley, Al Green, Corey "Homicide" Williams, Andre Moore, Steve Woodberry, Mike Mitchell, Dusty Rychart, Ebi Ere, Doug Overton, Kevin Lisch
    And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner
    All that and much more.
    Follow @AussieHoopla on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email us at info@aussiehoopla.com

    • 1 hr 16 min

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Canny1000 ,

Great interviews

Loving this podcast. The interview with Mal Speed was fantastic

yourapathetichuman ,

Research this guy before you listen 🤦🏼‍♂️

Google ‘Danial Boyce’ not Dan Boyce. No wonder he changed what he’s called !!! He’s a disgusting human ....... see if you’ll listen to this rubbish after a quick search.

coolcatscorner ,

Great interviews

Awesome job Dan, this is a great podcast!
Loving all the incredible interviews you are getting to help preserve the history and educate the listeners about this great league.
Can’t wait to tune into a lot more.
Much love,
Mason from The Cool Cats Corner podcast 😼

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