Player

Jock Landale

Melbourne United DOB: 25 October 1995 Height: 211cm Position: Forward/Centre Number:

After giving up basketball as a junior, an extreme growth spurt over the course of his secondary school years saw Landale regain his passion for the game and emerge as a highly-touted Australian prospect, with the Geelong Grammar School alum accepting an offer from St Mary’s College to play collegiately at the NCAA Division I level.

Once in California, Landale found a significant role for the team in his junior year, when he averaged 16.9 points and 9.5 rebounds to lead St Mary’s to the 2017 NCAA Tournament and was subsequently named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team.

The next season, Landale averaged 21.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks as he was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year before declaring for the NBA Draft.

Landale began his professional career with Belgrade-based side Partizan. In the ABA League, Landale averaged 12 points and 5.6 rebounds and was named to the All-ABA League Team for his performances.

Following his first professional season, Landale was included in the Australian squad for the 2019 World Cup. As the side’s starting power forward, Landale was an important piece to the Boomers squad, who narrowly missed out on a medal after a double-overtime semi-final loss against Spain, and a defeat to France in the third-place playoff.

After the World Cup, Landale travelled to Lithuania to play with EuroLeague side Žalgiris Kaunas. Landale averaged 11 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in his sole campaign for the side.

Landale then returned home to sign with Melbourne United for the NBL’s 2020/21 season. After leading the best side all year, Landale steered United to a Grand Final series sweep of the Perth Wildcats to be crowned the Grand Final series’ Most Valuable Player (MVP). He finished the season with 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds. 2.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game to be named in the All-NBL First Team and be awarded his club’s MVP.

Now with his first Olympic campaign on the horizon, and with overseas offers back on the cards, Landale will be looking to impress while helping his country to victory in Tokyo.