Ian Davies (dec)


With awe-inspiring athleticism and deadly three-point range, Ian Davies set the mould for the modern Australian basketball star, inspiring the golden generation that followed.

Davies help put the Australian Boomers on the map, outshining more famous opposition and leading all scorers at the 1980 Olympics, averaging 30 ppg in the tournament.

He also competed in the 1984 Games as well as the 1982 and 1986 FIBA World Championships, in a career that saw him represent Australia 81 times.

On the domestic front, he put his home state of Tasmania on the basketball map, leading Launceston Casino City to their one and only NBL Championship in 1981.

He went on to play 252 games in the NBL for teams all across Australia.

Starting in 1982 he played four years for the Newcastle Falcons, before a move to the Geelong Supercats in 1986 and then the Sydney Kings from 1988 to 1990.

Davies helped forge a path that many young Australians now follow, playing four years of US college basketball with Graceland University from 1974-1978.

The electrifying Davies was inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.

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