The Centralian Advocate Fri 10 Jun 2022
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KATZ DETERMINED TO KICK START GOLD RUSH TAKING on the likes of Steph Curry and Jayson Tatum is not something Josh Giddey just grew into once he was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Australias latest basketball sensation developed the skills needed to play in the NBA by testing himself against the best junior players in the country in tourna ments like the National Junior Classic. After a two-year pause due to Covid-19, the National Junior Classic returns this weekend with Australias best 128 club teams from under-12 to under-18s boys and girls battling it out at the State Basketball Centre and Dandenong Basketball Stadium in Victoria. News Corp Australia is partnering with Basketball Victoria to live stream 128 games from the National Junior Classic for all subscribers on its new streaming platform Kommunity TV. At the last invitation-only elite junior event in 2019, a 16-year-old Giddey helped the Melbourne Tigers reach the under-18 boys grand final against South Australias Sturt Sabres. They might have lost 64-62 in a nailbiter but Gid dey showed his NBA potential by scoring 30 of his teams points. Aussie basketball legend Andrew Gaze said playing in that level of tournament had done wonders for Giddeys development as a player. For players like Josh its important to test yourself against the best players in the country, Gaze said. He played in a few along the way and you could see how much better he got every year. I remember playing in the event when I was a kid and its continued to build from there and maintained its prestige. Josh is a gym rat and wants to play as much as he can. I remember he called me before the 2020 Eltham Dandenong tournament saying he wanted to play. He had been at the Cen tre of Excellence. Its amazing to think he was selected sixth pick in the 2021 NBA Draft 15 months later. The best junior basketballers from the country will descend on Melbourne as they aim to follow in Josh Giddeys footsteps at the National Junior Classic, which runs from Saturday to Monday. CONTINUES INSIDE Brayden May GRASSROOTS TO GREATNESS Community sport is now playing on screens everywhere.