McDaniel set to receive job offers

WHILE his team may not have gone as well as first hoped, Warwick basketball player Michael McDaniel says the inaugural $250,000 Foot Locker Classic High Stakes Hoops has been an awesome experience.

Forty-year-old McDaniel, who is playing with the so-far winless Pythons in the tournament which finishes on Sunday, said he was playing against players he had coached as children.

“It’s been an awesome experience. It’s funny because I used to coach these guys when they were 10 and 12, it was like a time warp when we had our first meeting, seeing those guys I knew from 10 or 15 years ago,” he said.

McDaniel (pictured) is set to play for the Gold Coast Goannas this year in the Queensland Basketball League but said he could be receiving offers to coach in the National Basketball League (NBL).

“I’ve been getting a lot of compliments ... a lot of the guys were really surprised that I was 40,” he said.

“I grabbed two or three rebounds over this guy who was seven feet two. I’ve been getting a lot of minutes and might be getting offered an assistant coaching job in the NBL for the Townsville Crocodiles.

“(The offer) would have to be better than the job I’m doing at Scots PGC College, I really like what Scots has offered.”

He said the Pythons would only make the finals if other results went their way.

“If we win (yesterday) and the sun drops off the face of the earth we could make it ... it’s a mathematical chance,” McDaniel joked.

“We’ve had our chances but we’ve come up short.”

He said playing with the high calibre of players at the tournament had been a great experience. “I tell you what, playing with guys like Tony Dandridge is just amazing, the evolution of the game is just crazy,” McDaniel said.



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