Boomers coach shares wisdom

AUSTRALIAN Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis is guest of honour at a Basketball Tasmania state development program camp at Elphin Sports Centre this weekend.

The 44-year-old Victorian took over the national men's team role in April this year after leading the New Zealand Breakers to three consecutive NBL titles from 2011-13.

Lemanis conducted an intensive training clinic for 40 of the state's top boys and girls yesterday and will hold a ``Coach the Coaches'' session today for basketball coaches from throughout the state.

``Part of my role with the men's program is to have some influence in high-performance programs throughout the region,'' Lemanis said.

``Over the past few months I've been getting around the various states and talking to their players and coaches and showing them some of the strategies and concepts that are applicable at the men's level and will be filtering through the whole high-performance program.''

Lemanis said there were a lot of good kids and coaches across the country at all levels willing to listen to the message and take advantage of it as they move up to the top level.

He said coaching the national team was an honour and privilege, and he was enjoying spending time with elite players and his role in influencing the game throughout the country at such camps.

``I'll be in the Boomer's role until the World Cup next year when there is a review, and, if I succeed in staying on after that, I will go through to the Rio Olympics,'' he said.

``I want to win a medal with the men's team and program, and perhaps achieve something that no other men's team has been able to do before, and that's medal at a benchmark event.''

The World Cup is scheduled for August in Spain and Lemanis said planning was already under way.

``The amount of quality minutes our guys are currently getting overseas is really pleasing, with four guys in the NBA and other playing major roles in Europe for their teams,'' he said.

``We've got a camp that will happen at the end of July, at which we will pick the team and then head to Europe for a camp and to play some quality games before the World Cup.''

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