SA's Anyang Garang will join the new elite National Basketball Association Training Centre at the Centre of Excellence in Canberra.
The 16-year-old will take a huge step forward in his aspirational basketball career as he accepts an invitation to join the recently established NBA Global Academy Training Centre at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence.
Australia is the fourth established NBA elite Training Centre and SA’s own Anyang Garang will be joining players from around the world at the NBA-level facilities in Canberra.
The NBA Global Academy is a network of global training centres that attract prospects from around the world.
The Academy invites high performing players that have incredible potential to grow their skills both on and off the court to join their development program that provides invaluable access to world-class facilities, leading sports practitioners, and NBA-level coaching.
The training centres and their programs aim to support existing international basketball academies by exposing and developing elite players to the standards and expectations at the NBA level.
Anyang represented South Australia in the U18 National Championships in Townville earlier this year, and plays with the Central District Lions Basketball Club in the Basketball SA District Competition.
High Performance Manager David Ingham is thrilled that Anyang is able to receive this opportunity.
“It’s fantastic to see Anyang’s talent get recognised in such a big way.”
“He has only been in our high performance programs for a short time but he has achieved great growth in his understanding of the game and the skill set that is required at this level.” “He has worked hard to develop his game both physically and mentally and he absolutely deserves this great opportunity.”
The significance is not lost on Anyang. He states that when he first found out he was selected to join the Training Centre, he immediately knew what it could mean for his future.
“… it meant that I was one big step closer to my basketball goals.”
“I will get a chance to work and develop my basketball skills under international coaches who can teach me other styles of the game.”
The Training Centre hosts under 16 and under 18 boys and girls, with the top students at each centre to be selected in travel teams to play in international tournaments and exhibition games, significantly increasing the potential for NBA exposure.
The global framework Anyang is to be exposed to excites the determined young player.
“… it means a lot because I will be able to develop new relationships with other basketball players from different places around the world and share our different knowledge of the game.”
“It will help open up character in a new environment and build my confidence as a basketball player.”
The NBA’s Global Academy goes beyond that of on-court skill development to also focus on education, leadership, character development and teach important life skills to the aspirational future NBA and WNBA stars.
The off-court development potential is something Anyang is excited to embrace, stating that achieving great grades in school and graduating college with a degree are two key goals of his own.
In terms of basketball goals, Anyang has his eyes set on the NBA where he may even join his favourite team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“My future basketball goals are to play college in the US and eventually play professionally in the NBA and to represent Australia in the Olympics.”
On both the National and State courts, Anyang is proud to represent South Australia.
“South Australia basketball has played a huge role in my basketball development and it is always an amazing, proud feeling to represent the state that has helped me achieve this incredible opportunity.”
Basketball SA would like to congratulate Anyang on his well-earned invitation to the NBA Global Academy and wish him the best of luck as he continues to achieve his goals both on and off the court.