WARRNAMBOOL basketball export Nathan Sobey is one step closer to a dream NBA career after verbally committing to a two-year deal with Wyoming University.
Upgrading to division one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States, Sobey will have the perfect platform to be noticed by NBA talent scouts with the Cowboys, part of the Mountain West Conference.
“It’s the highest you can go before the NBA,” Sobey told The Standard yesterday.
“That’s obviously where you want to go but I’ll just have to wait and see,” he said.
“I’m really excited. It should be good.”
Sobey will wrap up his two-year association with National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) side Cochise College before returning home to Warrnambool for three weeks in May.
The 21-year-old played 29 games for the 2011/2012 season with Cochise, averaging 16.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists, leading the team in steals with 1.7 per game.
Cochise advanced to the NJCAA division one men’s basketball region one tournament as the first seed but lost in the semi-finals last month.
“I had a pretty good season,” Sobey said.
“I worked hard and came a long way.
“In junior college you get looked at and if you’re good enough you can get recruited.”
And that’s exactly what happened for the 192-centimetre-tall guard. Sobey will return to Warrnambool in May but his deal with Wyoming rules out a reunion with the Seahawks.
“I’ll only be home for three-and-a-half weeks, so there wouldn’t be much point,” he said. “When I get back (to the US) it will all be about Wyoming,” Sobey said.
Sobey will play under head coach Larry Shyatt, starting with a pre-season tournament in Canada.
Wyoming’s home stadium seats 15,000 fans — considerably more than his former stomping ground at the Arc.
Sobey will complete a sports management degree.