A round-up of news featuring our top Aussie ballers.
* Starting in place for the injured Tony Parker, Patty Mills had 26 points (6-11 from three), 6 assists and no turnovers (at +26) in the Spurs win over the Dallas Mavericks.
* An excellent piece on Patty Mills by the Corpus Christi Caller Times.
* With another dominant performance from Tournament MVP Ben Simmons (24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists) Montverde Academy defeated Oak Hill in the final of the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament at MSG in New York.
* The Champs.
* Simmons with the jam.
* Ben Simmons has been selected to play for the Underclassmen in the Mary Kline Classic. He’s the highest rated prospect on either roster. Good luck, Seniors.
* Dante Exum has signed an exclusive autograph trading card agreement with Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company.
* Patty steps up his ‘Frogging’ game – here and here.
* Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points, 12 assists and 4 rebounds (at +18) in the Cavs big win over the Detroit Pistons.
* Andrew Bogut and The Black Falcon, continued.
* Cameron Bairstow: “All the feedback I’ve gotten is that all that draft board stuff doesn’t mean anything. It’s all about what comes out of the GM’s mouth and that kind of thing. It just means you’re on people’s radar and at the end of the day you have got to go and work out and show what you can do and that is what they are going to be selecting you on.”
* Ben Simmons has been named to the 2014 ALL-USA high school boys basketball team. As a junior, no less.
* Andrew Gaze hopes Patty Mills re-signs in San Antonio in the offseason. Sure, but if the Spurs don’t step up and pay him what he’s worth (potentially $3-4 million per, depending on how he fares in the post season) then Patty will have to explore the market. With his breakout season, he will have options.
* Thon Maker, everyone.
JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.