MELBOURNE UNITED v TEXAS LONGHORNS AT NUNAWADING
The National Basketball League is headed back to Nunawading Basketball Centre, with Melbourne United announcing today that the iconic basketball venue will play host to a pre-season contest against the University of Texas Longhorns, Wednesday 16 August.
Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli was looking forward to taking the game back to grassroots basketball in Victoria.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to bring the NBL back to our local associations, and for fans to see some of the up and coming talent coming through the College basketball system.”
“For the last couple of seasons we’ve played in Ballarat, and while saw tremendous support from regional Victoria, it’s exciting for our local fans to see some games in metropolitan Melbourne again.”
It’s back to the future for Nunawading who again will re-open their doors to the NBL when United play the Longhorns.
Nunawading Basketball, home to the Melbourne East Basketball Association boast a long history of developing some of the leagues best known stars including Melbourne United Assistant Coach Mike Kelly, who played with the Nunawading Spectres from 1994 – 1995. Jason Smith, Tony Ronaldson, Shane Heal and Bruce Bolden are just a few of the legends of basketball who know the hardwood of Nunawading all too well.
Crivelli said “Every year we welcome travelling Collegiate teams to Melbourne, last year we played UCLA and the year before we played LSU. It’s a highlight on our pre-season calendar and a great opportunity to test ourselves off the back of a great win against Team China.”