Basketball NSW would like to send a special message of appreciation to all coaches, players, parents, referees, clinicians, and venue staff at Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre and Hills Basketball Stadium that collectively came together to run another successful 3-weeks of D-League in 2019. 

D-League hosted action from 12-year old’s dunking to full-court game-winning buzzer-beaters.

BNSW Country High-Performance Coach, Curtis Sardi said that the D-League platform is a perfect way to introduce young athletes across NSW into a higher level of basketball knowledge and skill.

“It was great to see new kids we’ve never witnessed before getting an opportunity in our Basketball NSW programs. We have kids travel from all over the state, and it has been great to see both Country and Metro athletes playing together, possibly for the first time in their basketball careers,” Sardi said.

BNSW Metro High-Performance Coach, Sam Gruggen reiterated the importance of the program within the BNSW junior pathway.   

“It is certainly a highlight on our calendar each and every year as it is a great tournament to expose NSW athletes and coaches to our Style of Play. It was also wonderful to see the vast amounts of improvement over these 3-weeks from all participants,” Gruggen said.

BNSW General Manager of Coaching and Development, Brett Coxsedge was pleased with the large number of athletes who were selected to take part of the tournament, and the continued growth and respect of the program. 

“D-League continues to play an important role in the development pathway for athletes, coaches and officials. To provide Country and Metro athletes the opportunity to come together to learn and compete, all goes well for the betterment of Basketball in NSW.”

D-League also continued to offer coaching clinics and workshops over the three weekends, with various clinics offering the space to further bring NSW coaches into the forefront of growth and development in Australia.

BNSW Coach Development Manager, Jarrod Moore added that it was a great opportunity for coaches to network and learn from other passionate coaches and presenters.

“It was pleasing to see such a large blend of coaches committed to the development of our kids and themselves. The involved coaches attended multiple coaching clinics and workshops throughout the tournament. We are all so pleased to see the commitment to growth these coaches have displayed and will continue to demonstrate into their coaching careers,” Moore said.

BNSW would lastly like to wish all athletes best of luck with their upcoming representative trials and once again thank the efforts and dedication of the roster of referees that participated. 

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