Sobey joins Ballarat Miners as prelude to professional career

Nathan Sobey in action for US college side Wyoming.

Nathan Sobey in action for US college side Wyoming.

FORMER Warrnambool Seahawk Nathan Sobey will suit up for SEABL side Ballarat Miners in a bid to further his basketball dream after a four-year US college career.

Sobey, 23, returned to the south-west on Monday, more than a month after playing his final game for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) division one team University of Wyoming.

The 193-centimetre guard said his long-term goal was to play professionally, either in Australia or overseas.

“Right now my agent is doing all the work so we’re trying to figure out the best situation for me,” Sobey said.

“By September I will know something.”

Sobey will join his new Ballarat teammates for training on Tuesday before their May 17 game against Mount Gambier.

“They called me and said one of their players got hurt and they needed someone to fill in and come back and play straight away,” he said.

“I thought that was the best situation for me at this time.”

Sobey spent four years in America after moving there at 19 to play for junior college Cochise University in Arizona. He moved to Wyoming for his final two years, where he cemented his spot in its division one team and was one of two players to start all 33 games during its 2013-14 campaign.

In his senior year Sobey averaged 9.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists from 30.2 minutes per game.

Sobey’s standout performance was a career-high 33 points against Colorado State in March.

“My coaches pushed me and I got better as I went on and my stats got better and better,” he said.

Sobey, who expects to watch the Seahawks against Craigieburn this weekend at the Arc, said he was grateful to finish his college career playing for a high-quality school.

“It was unreal,” he said of his time at Wyoming.

“We beat the number five ranked team in the nation this year so that was right up there and when my parents came over I had a good game.

“It was tough leaving the town I have been in the past two years.

“It is weird at the moment. It hasn’t kicked in that I am done.

“I think it’s time to come home and then go back in a month.

“In time it will change.”

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