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WABL Feature: Where are they now?
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WABL Feature: Where are they now?

  • At the Western Australian Basketball League we’re dedicated to our hashtag, Making Of Champions! Have a look at past and present players, and where the WABL and Basketball WA’s development pathways have taken them.

Daniel Johnson (Willetton Tigers)

Johnson attended Willetton Senior High School and was a part of their basketball program, while competing for the Willetton Tigers in the WABL. His Tigers team were the last Western Australian team to win Championship Gold at the U14 National Club Championships. Johnson received a scholarship to the AIS and represented Australia at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships. He then completed two years at Pepperdine University, an NCAA D1 college.

Johnson began his professional career at the Melbourne Tigers in the NBL, then to the Adelaide 36ers. In 2010 he returned to WA to help Willetton win an SBL Championship, followed by stints in Puerto Rico, Poland, New Zealand and Iran. Johnson currently plays for the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL.

Highlights and Awards:

  • 2× All-NBL First Team (2014, 2017)
  • 2× All-NBL Second Team(2013, 2016)
  • NBL Most Improved Player(2012)
  • NBL rebounding leader (2013, 2016)
  • SBL champion (2010)

 


Natalie Burton (Perry Lakes Hawks)

Burton started her career with the Scarborough Sharks in the Perry Lakes Hawks domestic competition. She quickly established herself as a star, making her way through WABL, State squads and SBL. She attended the University of West Virginia for 4 years, where her 52%-FG has her second in West Virginia history. Upon returning, she signed with the West Coast Waves in the WNBL, and then the Melbourne Boomers where she played significant roles.

In between her WNBL stints, Burton represented Australia at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships where Australia won Gold, and Bronze at the 2014 FIBA Worlds. Burton and the Opals secured Gold at the Oceania tournament again the following year. Burton currently plays for the Perry Lakes Hawks who won the WSBL in 2017, and the Perth Lynx in the WNBL.

Highlights and Awards:

  • Australian Opals squad (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Australian Olympic squad (2016)
  • WNBL Finalist (2015)
  • WSBL Champion (2017)
  • WSBL Most Improved (2008)

 


Cameron Gliddon (Southwest Slammers)

Gliddon attended Bunbury Senior High, whilst suiting up for the PCYC Bulls in the Bunbury domestic competition. He represented Southwest at WABL level, earning WABL Player of the Year in 2007. During the 2007 SEABL season he represented the AIS, and as an 18 year old averaged 7.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5apg. In 2008 Gliddon attended Concordia University (NCAA DII), where he was a standout player. He briefly returned to Australia to suit up for the Slammers in the 2009 SBL.

Gliddon signed a 3-year NBL deal with the Cairns Taipans in 2012 where he became a force in the league, beginning with an NBL Rookie of the Year Award. He re-signed a 3-year contract which will take him through to 2018 with the Cairns Taipans, off-setting NBL summer seasons with stints in the Polish and Russian national leagues.

Highlights and Awards:

  • NAIA Champion (2012)
  • NAIA Tournament MVP (2012)
  • NAIA All-Tournament Team (2012)
  • First-team All-NAIA D1 (2012)
  • NBL Rookie of the Year (2013)
  • Australian Boomers Squad selection (2017)

 


Caleb Davis (Stirling Senators)

Davis attended Sacred Heart in Sorrento, while playing for the Stirling Senators in the WABL. In 2012 he was named WABL Male Player of the Year, which he followed with an U17 National Team Squad selection along with Dante Exum (currently with the Utah Jazz in the NBA). In 2013, 6’9 Davis averaged 17.5 ppg and 9.8rpg at Nationals with WA Metro which paved the way for his college scholarship at DII Saginaw Valley State. He competed four years with the Cardinals and helped lead the team to the NCAA DII Elite Eight.

Following his return to Australia, Davis suited up for the South Adelaide Panthers where he averaged 16.3ppg and 8.1rpg in the State Premier League. Subsequently, Davis signed a contract with the Adelaide 36ers to join fellow WA product Daniel Johnson in the NBL.

Highlights and Awards:

  • WABL Male Player of the Year (2012)
  • U17 Australian Squad Selection (2012)
  • NCAA DII Elite Eight (2016)
  • Adelaide 36ers NBL squad (2017)

 

And the rest:

 

PLAYER WABL ASSOCIATION COLLEGE PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Ash Grant Lakeside Lightning Perth/Melbourne
Ben Purser Perry Lakes Hawks Augusta State Perth Wildcats
Cody Ellis Stirling Senators  St. Louis Illawarra
Gavin Field Cockburn Cougars West Georgia Perth Wildcats
Greg Hire Joondalup Wolves Augusta State Perth Wildcats
Justin Brown Kalamunda Eastern Suns Connecticut Perth Wildcats
Kyle Armour Willetton Tigers Augusta State Sydney Kings / Perth Wildcats
Luke Nevill Stirling Senators Utah Perth/Melbourne/Wollongong
Majok Majok East Perth Eagles Ball State Melbourne United
Mark Worthington Southwest Slammers Metro State Sydney/Melbourne/Cairns
Matt Burston Perry Lakes Hawks Perth/Melbourne/Adelaide/Cairns
Mikayla Pirini Willetton Tigers AIS Diamond Valley Eagles
Nic Cody Willetton Tigers Lander Perth Wildcats
Rhys Vague Cockburn Cougars AIS Perth Wildcats
Robert Cassir Perth Redbacks Perth Wildcats
Samantha Roscoe Stirling Senators North Dakota West Coast Waves
Sunday Dech East Perth Eagles Metro State Perth Wildcats
Tevin Jackson Willetton Tigers McNeese State Cairns Taipans
Tom Garlepp Perry Lakes Hawks UC Santa Barbara Sydney
Tom Jervis East Perth Eagles Troy Brisbane Bullets

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