The NBL1 All-Stars Team will have a distinctly Tasmanian flavour when it takes to the floor for next month’s NBL Blitz in Tasmania.
Tasmanians Lachlan Barker, a development player with the Sydney Kings last season, and North West Thunder youngster Reyne Smith will feature in the NBL1 All-Stars Team. Hobart Huskies import Zachary White has also been named.
The NBL1 All-Stars Team will be coached by Mark Chivers, who coached Hobart in NBL1 this season. North West Thunder coach Sam Armstrong and Frankston Blues coach Andrew Harms will be his assistants.
The team includes former NBL players Barker, Adam Doyle and Igor Hadziomerovic, alongside star NBL1 imports Dain Swetalla, Damon Bozeman, Demarcus Gatlin, Deonte Burton and Najeal Young.
The NBL1 All-Stars will play two games at the NBL Blitz, facing the Brisbane Bullets on Thursday September 19 at Ulverstone Stadium and Cairns Taipans on Saturday September 21 at the Silverdome in Launceston.
NBL1 All-Stars Team Head Coach Mark Chivers said: “The NBL1 All-Stars Team for the NBL Blitz gives Tasmanians a great opportunity to see NBL stars up close and enjoy world class basketball.
“Tasmanians will also have a chance to see some of their best local young players and I’m sure all the players selected for the NBL1 All-Stars will be keen to showcase their talents against the Brisbane Bullets and Cairns Taipans.
“We hope everyone in Tasmania will get behind the Blitz and support the push for Tasmania’s own team in the NBL.”
NBL1 All-Stars Team
Reyne Smith – North West Thunder
Zachary White – Hobart Huskies
Lachlan Barker – Frankston Blues
Adam Doyle – Eltham Wildcats
Dain Swetalla – Nunawading Spectres
Damon Bozeman – Frankston Blues
Demarcus Gatlin – Geelong Supercats
Deonte Burton – Bendigo Braves
Igor Hadziomerovic – Frankston Blues
Isaac Turner – Kilsyth Cobras
Lewis Thomas – Geelong Supercats
Najeal Young – Frankston Blues
NBL1 All-Stars Team Coaches
Head Coach – Mark Chivers (Hobart Huskies)
Assistant Coaches – Sam Armstrong (North West Thunder), Andrew Harms (Frankston Blues)
Tickets for games at the NBL Blitz range from $5 for children, $7.50 for adults and $20 for families. Those who register at www.nbltas.com.au will receive priority access when tickets go on sale tomorrow.
Each NBL team will play two games at venues around Tasmania from September 19-22. The Blitz will begin in Ulverstone and include games in Devonport, Launceston, Kingston, Hobart as well as a range of community activities involving all players across the NBL.