Warrnambool Seahawks export Nathan Sobey holds hopes of making cut for NBA

IN WITH A CHANCE: Nathan Sobey will train with two NBA clubs next month. Picture: Rob Gunstone
IN WITH A CHANCE: Nathan Sobey will train with two NBA clubs next month. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WARRNAMBOOL basketball export Nathan Sobey is one big step closer to reaching his dream of playing NBA.

The Warrnambool Seahawks championship player and reigning NBL most improved player will head to the United States to try out with two NBA franchises early next month.

Fresh off a stint playing with Greek club Paok BC, the former college basketballer is ready for his first attempt at making it onto an NBA list.

“Last season wasn’t too bad and I obviously did alright in Greece,” Sobey told The Standard of his motivations for taking the next step.

“I’ll work out with them (the teams) and see whether they want me to play with their summer league team for pre-season.”

Sobey, who was a big contributor in the Adelaide 36ers’ expectation-defying finals appearance last NBL season, credited his strong run in Australia’s premier basketball competition as a big factor in what has been a career-defining 12 months.

He took impressive form forward from his Big V season with home club Warrnambool Seahawks – who had a drought-breaking win – and capitalised on more court time with the Sixers.

He was promoted to the starting line-up when captain Mitch Creek went down with a fractured foot.

“I just got an opportunity in the last season of the NBL and, coming off last season playing at home and winning the championship, I carried a lot of confidence over from that,” Sobey said.

The NBA draft will be held on June 22, ahead of the July summer league.