Dr. Adrian Hurley’s elevation to Legend status punctuated the 2017 Basketball NSW Hall of Fame induction, held in Leichhardt on Friday night.
One of the most accomplished coaches this country has produced, Dr Hurley led teams to NBL championships and steered Australian sides on the world’s biggest stage.
His significant contribution to basketball in both the Sydney and Illawarra regions is also recognised by the annual Adrian Hurley Cup; awarded to the team that wins the season series between the Kings and the Hawks in the NBL.
The ten new hall of of fame members are: Tom Penrose (coach), Lisa Edmunds (player), Gordon Young (contributor), Debbie Cadee (player), Paul Beale (referee), Terese Kennedy (player), Bruce Leonard (contributor), Annie La Fleur (player), Ian Davies (player) & Patrick Hunt (coach).
A heavily decorated player and administrator, Debbie Cadee helped set the platform for the success that women’s basketball in Australia has achieved over the past three decades. She helped NSW to three national championships, punctuated when she captained the team to a win in 1982. She also helped Australia win the 1982 FIBA Oceania Championship, earning Olympic qualification for the 1984 games. To top it off, her son Jason is one of the stars of the Sydney Kings, poised to represent Australia in years to come.
Annie La Fleur helped launch Australian women’s basketball into the international big time, and the sport experienced unparalleled success during her career. She was a key part of the Opals team that won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics. She played for the Washington Mystics in the WNBA as well as having an accomplished, 240-game career in the WNBL.
With awe-inspiring athleticism and deadly three-point range Ian Davies set the mould for the modern Australian basketball star, inspiring the golden generation that followed. Davies help put the Australian Boomers on the map, outshining more famous opposition and leading all scorers at the 1980 Olympics, averaging 30 ppg in the tournament.
He also competed in the 1984 Games as well as the 1982 and 1986 FIBA World Championships, in a career that saw him represent Australia 81 times. Davies went on to play 252 games in the NBL for teams all across Australia, and was an inspiration to current Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze.
The Sydney Kings and Basketball NSW have been working together increasingly, since AEG Ogden became owners, and Kings’ Managing Director Jeff Van Groningen addressed the BNSW conference over the weekend.
Mr Van Groningen thanked BNSW for all their collaborative work over the last 12 months and spoke about the opportunities the partnership might create going forward.
Sydney Kings MD Jeff Van Groningen addresses Basketball NSW at its annual conference. Photo: James Bowman.