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Psst. It's all go for Green


LOOK out! Multiple sauces are telling me we’re about to witness “Terrance Ferguson v2.0” but this time at Brisbane Bullets and with exciting Australian-born guard and current Boomers squad member Josh Green.

Green, 17 and 198cm, is high on Australia’s “next big thing” list after rocking it at IMG Academy in Florida, earning an invite to the NBA’s annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Los Angeles earlier this year where he won selection in the All Star team.

He actively is being pursued for recruitment by quality US college programs such as North Carolina, Arizona, Kansas and USC. But my (e)mail is Brisbane have made a play for him along the lines of the “one-and-done” NBL career of then American teenager, Ferguson.

Straight out of high school, Ferguson spent the 2016-17 NBL season with Adelaide 36ers, forgoing a year of college basketball to prepare for the pros.

It paid off handsomely too, with Ferguson drafted last year by Oklahoma City Thunder.

It’s certainly an option worth exploring for the Sydney-born Green whose family moved to the US in 2014 and who now is projected as an early draft pick in 2020.

Whisper I’m hearing is Green may be playing a few preseason games with Brisbane before making a final decision on where he will be in 2018-19.

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STILL in the land of the Bulletheads, signing Japanese superstar Makoto Hiejima is huge but will give Brisbane coach Andrej Lemanis headaches rotating his backcourt.

Jason Cadee and Cam Gliddon were big off-season pickups, Stephen Holt is returning in an import role, London Olympian Adam Gibson is back in the Boomers squad and Brisbane also is circling Josh Green.

The club soon will have enough guards to protect the Hope Diamond. (Meanwhile, Cam Bairstow, Matt Hodgson, Mika Vukona and Will Magnay will be hoping someone knows how to pass inside…)

Hiejima, 27 and 190cm, averaged 10.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists for Japan at last year’s FIBA Asia Cup and across the FIBA Asia Qualifiers for next year’s World Cup, is delivering 16.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-leading 4.0 assists.

The MVP of Japan’s B-League, Hiejima is looking for new frontiers and challenges.

“With the Boomers, Makoto was a player that we really focused on in our team scout and knew we had to guard,” Boomers and Bullets coach Lemanis told nbl.com.au

“I’m excited about what he will bring to the Bullets.

“He gives us great depth in the guard positions, the opportunity to run different lineups and keep pressure on the whole game. With the condensed nature of our season and the potential disruption from injuries, having that depth is important.”

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BY the way, congratulations are due to the Adelaide 36ers, the first – and only – NBL club to send players to the NBA in consecutive years.

Last year the 36ers’ one-and-done teenager Terrance Ferguson – the youngest import in league history – was drafted to Oklahoma City Thunder and this year club superstar Mitch Creek is heading to Brooklyn Nets for an NBA opportunity.

Congratulations too to the Cairns Taipans, the only NBL club to send two players to the AFL in the past few seasons.

Corey Maynard started his NBL career in the Orange and now plays for Melbourne Demons, while Jack Madgen, another former Taipan, is making his AFL debut with Collingwood tonight.

Both are South Aussie guards – or were.

Yes, we need the NBL to expand.

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SOUTHERN Huskies anyone?

Aug 4

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