Adam Caporn (Basketball Australia Centre Of Excellence Coach) on future Aussie NBA talent, changes to the AIS program and his NBL career


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Adam Caporn is the current head coach of Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence and an assistant coach with the Australian Boomers.

Caporn was Australia's first player recruited to Saint Mary's College of California which lead to an influx of Aussie talent through the doors of Saint Mary's that included NBL and NBA stars like Daniel Kickert, Patrick Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Jock Landale all play for the Gaels.

Caporn returned to Australia after two seasons in California to play three seasons with the Wollongong Hawks (2003-06) and three seasons with the Perth Wildcats (2006-09).

After retiring at only 27 years of age he returned to Saint Mary's as an assistant to head coach Randy Bennett, who had recruited him to the Gaels a decade earlier.

The opportunity to become the head coach at Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence arose in 2014 and Caporn returned home.

He has since also become an assistant coach with the Australian Men's National team.

Topics include;

  • The merry-go-round that has been the Australian Boomers coaching staff this year (2:00)
  • Thoughts on Brian Goorjian returning to lead the Boomers (11:00)
  • Jack White, Josh Green, Tamuri Wigness and Josh Giddeys chances of being a part of the Boomers squad for the 2021 Olympics (12:30)
  • Thoughts on the NBL debuts of Josh Giddey and Tamuri Wigness (14:00)
  • How does the NBL Next Stars program impact the NBA Academy or Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence (18:00)
  • How changing from the AIS to Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence has impacted the development of young basketball talent (23:00)
  • Who are some of the best young talent coming through these programs that could land in the NBL or the NBA sometime soon? (28:00)
  • Adam Caporns own experiences from attending the AIS (32:00) Attending St Marys (California) University and opening up the Aussie pipeline for the Gaels which included Daniel Kickert, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Jock Landale (35:00)
  • Returning to play in the NBL with Wollongong (41:00)
  • Signing with his hometown Perth Wildcats (45:00)
  • Retiring from the NBL at 27 years of age (49:00)
  • Coaching his first Boomers game as a head coach during the FIBA qualifiers (56:00)
  • The biggest mistake he made during his playing career and what he learnt from it (58:00)
  • Why he decided against becoming the Adelaide 36ers head coach this season (103:00)

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And the men who run things - Larry Kestelman, Paul Maley, Vince Crivelli, Jeremy Loeliger, Chuck Harmison, Jeff Van Groningen, Bob Turner

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