NBL player coaches budding Warwick basketballers
BASKETBALL: "Skills, drills and thrills” were the words Andre Moore used to describe yesterday's basketball clinic at WIRAC.
Moore was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the NBA in the United States before playing in Spain and France, returning to the United States and then moving to Australia 27 years ago when recruited by the Brisbane Bullets.
He played in a NBL grand final in his first year and played four seasons for the Brisbane Bullets. At age 52, he still plays social basketball and won a gold medal at the Pan Pacific Games at the Gold Coast.
"It is good for older players to show they can still play at a high level,” Moore said.
He said there was a good vibe to basketball in Queensland with the return of the Bullets men's team to the NBL.
"The Bullets give the kids something to aspire to,” he said.
Yesterday, he coached in Warwick and will return on January 11 for a clinic for all ages from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
His visit was organised by YMCA/WIRAC manager David Jordan who has high hopes for the sport in the town.
"The Warwick Basketball Association is organising the Wednesday night competition at WIRAC next year,” Jordan said.
"We are hoping to organise Aussie Hoops in term 1 for primary school students.”
This year, there were two basketball competitions, one organised by WIRAC staff on Wednesday nights and one organised by the Warwick association on Tuesdays at the Warwick State High School Hall. It will be back to one next year.
Bookings for the January clinic at WIRAC on 46617955. Cost $25 per child.