The announcement of NBL1 garnered a slew of excitement earlier this year, and with the league four rounds into the season, a number of NBL players are making their mark on the competition.
We take a look at some of the players who are establishing themselves after the first period of the NBL1 season.
David Barlow – Southern Sabres
Four-time NBL champion David Barlow has made his presence known just three games into his NBL1 career with the Southern Sabres.
The recently re-signed Melbourne United veteran is averaging 23.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, while also connecting on 52 percent of his field goal attempts.
Majok Majok – Frankston Blues
Coming off a season with the New Zealand Breakers, free agent Majok Majok has moved to Frankston to try and earn a new NBL contract.
The 26-year-old has made a statement six games into the year, averaging a double-double of 11.6 points and 10.8 rebounds, patrolling the paint for the Blues.
Nic Pozoglou – Melbourne Tigers
One of the most intriguing names in NBL1 so far has been former Illawarra Hawks developmental player Nic Pozoglou, who has been stuffing the stat sheet for the Melbourne Tigers.
Not only has the high flyer been throwing down highlight worthy dunks, but his contributions have been substantial, amassing 24.3 points (third in the league) and 10.6 rebounds per game.
Peter Hooley – Kilsyth Cobras
Peter Hooley is still searching for a new NBL contract for 2019/20, and the playmaking capabilities he could provide a team have been on full display with Kilsyth.
A 24 point, 10 assist, six rebound and two steal performance against Ringwood in mid-April displayed Hooley’s array of skills. He is averaging 18.5 points and 5.1 assists over the course of six games.
Tohi Smith-Milner – Kilsyth Cobras
Similar to Hooley, Tohi Smith-Milner is a former Melbourne United player seeking for his next NBL deal, as he currently remains a free agent.
Playing under United assistant coach Justin Schueller at Kilsyth, Smith-Milner has been a force to be reckoned with, recording 17.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Ray Turner – Bendigo Braves
After earning an opportunity with the Sydney Kings midway through last NBL season, Ray Turner has carried that momentum into the NBL1 season with Bendigo.
The 206cm forward is posting 20.5 points and 11.3 rebounds, while also swatting 1.1 blocks per game.
Lucas Walker – Nunawading Spectres
Walker’s NBL future remains unknown, so the former Cairns Taipan will be hoping a strong NBL campaign can help him find a new home next season.
He has played just one game for the Spectres so far, scoring 16 points in 15 minutes.
Adam Doyle – Eltham Wildcats
Adelaide 36ers mainstay Adam Doyle has an unknown future with the club, but he is doing his best in NBL1 to maintain a spot on an NBL roster.
Doyle posted 32 points in Eltham’s latest outing against Ringwood, showing he still has the capacity to make a positive contribution on the court.
Sam McDaniel – Southern Sabres
United developmental player Sam McDaniel is contracted for next NBL season, so Dean Vickerman and co would be happy to see his steady improvement with the Southern Sabres.
McDaniel’s scoring output over the past four games has gone from 11 to 14 to 15 to 27, as he builds an impressive resume early in the NBL1 season.
Sam Short – Ballarat Miners
Sam Short is also contracted to Melbourne United for next season as a developmental player, so he will be looking to make the most of his increased opportunity in Ballarat.
The 21-year-old has been a steady presence in the Miners’ line-up, averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
Dane Pineau – Melbourne Tigers
New South East Melbourne Phoenix signing Dane Pineau has made a major splash in NBL1, sitting second in the league in rebounding.
Pineau’s stats over the last four games read 18 points and 19 rebounds, 10 points and 12 rebounds, 21 points and 15 rebounds, and 10 points and 13 rebounds.