Melbourne United Launch Academy with NBA Assistant Phil Handy

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Melbourne United today announced the establishment of the Melbourne United Basketball Academy (MUBA) with the Club enlisting the services of noted NBA assistant and skills coach Phil Handy.

MUBA will provide young basketballers, both male and female, aged 12 years and over the opportunity to enhance not only their basketball skills, but their overall strength, conditioning and wellness as an athlete.

Vince Crivelli, Melbourne United’s CEO says “it’s an exciting time to be involved in basketball.  The establishment of the MUBA creates a pathway direct to the National Basketball League (NBL). Being a part of MUBA may ultimately lead to a Development Player position with Melbourne United Basketball or the Melbourne Boomers”.

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All Melbourne United coaches will be involved in the Academy – including 2018 NBL Championship coach Dean Vickerman. As well as having access to United coach’s, the MUBA athletes will also gain knowledge from the NBA Assistant Coach Phil Handy. Handy is a name well-known on the international basketball coaching scene and his player development credentials are second to none.

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Handy has been involved in the NBA in player development roles since being hired by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011. In 2013, he took up the same role with the Cleveland Cavaliers and played a key role in helping Cleveland claim the 2016 NBA Championship. He was recently appointed an assistant coach of the Toronto Raptors.

Prior to working in the player development space, Handy spent 2001 and 2002 in the NBL with the Melbourne Tigers and West Sydney Razorbacks respectively posting career averages of 10.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists during his time in the League.

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“We’ll have the support and guidance of Phil Handy, which is really exciting.” Crivelli said.

“He will partner with us in the on-going development of the academy and physically spend some time here in Australia working with the athletes during his NBA off-season.

“He’ll bring a different set of eyes, an international approach to the game and the absolute latest when it comes to teaching aids for a complete up-skill for all our coaches who will be delivering the program to the athletes.”

“Melbourne United Basketball is leading the way, we are the first NBL club to create an academy of this kind” states Head Coach, Dean Vickerman.

“The Melbourne United Basketball Academy gives Victorian athletes the opportunity to be coached and learn from some of the best coaches this country has to offer, not only in basketball, but in all facets of the game, both on and off the court”.

Players can register their interest in the Melbourne United Basketball Academy at

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