Hidden stars of the future on show in Frankston

Hidden stars of the future on show in Frankston

NBA and future Olympic star Luol Deng and Australian NBA draftee Ater Majok both hail from Sudan, and the next stars to follow in their footsteps could be on show at the Frankston Basketball Stadium next week.

The Basketball Australia backed 2011 South Sudanese Australian Interstate Tournament runs from Friday, 16 December to Sunday, 18 December, and the best Southern Sudanese hoopsters in Australia will be putting on a spectacular, athletic show.

In tournament format, over 30 men’s and women’s teams from around the nation will battle out the preliminary rounds from 8:00am to 6:00pm on Friday and Saturday.

The best will then play off for the crown on Sunday from 8:00am to 4:00pm, a day that will also feature three-point shooting and dunk competitions.

Frankston Basketball Stadium is located on Bardia Avenue, Seaford (Melway Ref: 99 F8). For more information phone 9776 8999.

The tournament is supported by Basketball Victoria, Basketball Australia, Victoria Police, Frankston & District Basketball Association and Frankston City Council.

Basketball is easily the biggest participation sport in Frankston City with approximately 6000 players.

Tournament organiser Manny Berberi said: “I started this tournament back in December 2003 and it has grown significantly over the years. The main goal of the tournament is to integrate youth from my community into mainstream Australian sport.

“The tournament has become very popular over the years, and great basketball talent has started to emerge and is a great avenue to scout young basketball talent. The entire community is very happy that Basketball Australia and Basketball Victoria support this tournament."

Nathan Jolly from the Frankston & District Basketball Association said: "Frankston Basketball is excited about hosting the South Sudanese Basketball tournament. This event will showcase some of Australia's emerging basketball talent and has already attracted interest from basketball recruiters around Australia.

“We look forward to welcoming participants to our community and I encourage people to get down over the three days and support what we hope will be an annual event for our region."

Karen Pearce from Basketball Victoria said: “Basketball Victoria is looking forward to our involvement in the South Sudanese Australian Interstate Basketball Tournament.

“The three day event not only showcases exceptional talent, but provides the opportunity for social interaction and healthy outcomes for all participants in a safe, supportive and cohesive environment, and we welcome people to come down and support this exciting Tournament.”