Hobart's Krebs into national program

HOBART basketballer Tanner Krebs was yesterday named as one of 10 recipients of Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence scholarships for 2014.

The 18-year-old Hobart Charger represented Australia in the FIBA Oceania Pacific Championships, where he scored nine points and had one rebound in the final loss to New Zealand Maori.

Head of the Australian men's national team's program and Australian Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis said the quality of players awarded scholarships excited him.

"For those that have been awarded scholarships, it is a fantastic opportunity for them to continue to develop their skills," said Lemanis, who attended a basketball camp in Launceston earlier this month.

"I look forward to watching the growth of these players over the next 12 months. One of the true joys of coaching is seeing players improve and achieve great things to see their potential come to fruition."

Basketball Australia will officially take over the Australian Institute of Sport basketball program, allowing for greater input into the direction of elite junior development programs.

Tasmania's high- performance basketball program was shut down earlier this year.

Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence scholarship recipients: Abi Akintola (Vic), George Blagojevic (Vic), Harry Froling (Qld), Isaac Humphries (NSW), Tanner Krebs (Tas), Gerard Martin (NSW), Jack McVeigh (Qld), Jock Perry (Vic), Dejan Vasiljevic (Vic), Tom Wilson (Vic).

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