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Door ajar for NBL hopefuls

IT tips off tomorrow at Melbourne's Sports and Aquatic Centre, the NBL's first fully-supported Combine for players outside the league's purview who believe they can crack the big time.

An intense two days presented by Mitchell & Ness with the expertise of W Sports and Media, who ran the event last year at the State Basketball Centre, is expected to attract about 80 participants.

These will include returning players from US colleges and competitors in the SEABL, state leagues, national under-18 and under-20 representatives, plus invitees from the BA Centre of Excellence.

All of Australian basketball's major governing bodies - the NBL, Basketball Australia, Centre of Excellence and the Australian Basketballers’ Association - have come together to deliver a clear pathway for Australia's elite talent, with well-known coach Patrick Hunt, a recent Basketball NSW Hall of Fame inductee, camp director.

The eight NBL Clubs all will be represented with the event underway tomorrow and concluding on Tuesday. 

Testing will be identical to the NBA Combine and conducted by La Trobe University.

Key attendees will include Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis, BA icon and playing legend Andrew Gaze (now Sydney Kings coach), Australian Basketballers Association CEO Jacob Holmes and NBL CEO Jeremy Loeliger.

Last year's Combine gave the Bullets Jeremy Kendle (above), the search again on in earnest for more diamonds in the rough.

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