FORMER Warrnambool Seahawk Nathan Sobey says he is not getting ahead of himself as the end of his American college basketball career draws closer.
Sobey returned to Australia this week for a month-long holiday ahead of the last of four years playing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The 22-year-old guard helped Laramie-based Wyoming University Cowboys to a 19-13 record in the NCAA division one competition during the 2012-13 season.
The Cowboys also reached the quarter-finals of the College Basketball Invitational, a post-season tournament which delivered Sobey a season highlight.
His buzzer-beating three-pointer lifted his side to a one-point win against Lehigh in the first round of the showcase in March.
Sobey said he’d enjoyed a “pretty good” first year at Wyoming, having crossed to the Cowboys after two seasons at Arizona’s Cochise University.
He said he would use his month in Australia to keep fit before returning for his last season of college basketball.
He will leave his options open after that and is hopeful of getting drafted to an NBA franchise. But he’s not getting caught up in any hype.
“If I stay healthy, where I live depends on where basketball is going to take me,” he said.
“I’ll let that control itself. I’m not going to plan too far ahead in case something happens. (The NBA) is the main goal but we’ll see what happens.”
Sobey, who stands at 193 centimetres and has five teammates taller than 200cm, said his time in the NCAA had made him a better basketballer.
“It’s expanded my basketball. It’s helped out a lot so far. Hopefully I can keep going,” he said.
“I think I make smarter decisions on the court. It’s helped my game all around — shooting, dribbling, defending.”
Sobey made 33 appearances for Wyoming in the NCAA division one competition, averaging 13.3 minutes and 3.5 points a game.
He was the first guard off the bench and posted a career-high 22 points, including six-from-six from three-point range, against Fresno State in February.
His 42 per cent accuracy from beyond the arc was the second best in the Cowboys’ squad.
Sobey said he planned to line up with the Seahawks again at some point.
The last time fans saw him in the green-and-white singlet was in August 2011, when he was part of game one of the Big V division one grand final series against Geelong.
That day, the Seahawks won an overtime thriller, prompting teammates to mob an emotional Sobey who had to return to America and missed the final two matches.
“I do want to come back and play some time but I don’t know when it’s going to be,” he said.
“I’m not allowed to play at the moment, obviously. I don’t know if it’s going to be sooner or in the near future. I’m unsure at the moment.”