Home' Focus : Focus Magazine Spring 2014 Contents Eye-opening trips to Asia
and America have helped
Year 10 student Gabe Hadley
to map out the future of his
blossoming basketball career.
Gabe said getting an insight into the elite NBA
system in Taipei and California made him realise
both the opportunities that are available and
also how much work is needed to grasp them.
“It opened my eyes a lot,” he said.
“I now know how much hard work I need to
put in. I thought I was working hard but you go
there and see how much harder you need to
work. It was really good.”
Gabe began playing the sport in under-age
teams in the North-West Basketball Union,
continuing at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary
School in Devonport and Year 7 at St Brendan-
Shaw College before moving to Scotch Oakburn
College midway through Year 8.
A former Tasmanian Institute of Sport
scholarship holder, who also plays for Devils
Black in the Launceston Senior Basketball
League, he was invited to attend a four-day NBA
Without Borders camp in Taipei earlier this year.
Gabe was one of five Australians among the
50 wide-eyed youngsters who were coached
by NBA players Ronny Turiaf (Minnesota
Timberwolves), Nick Batum (Portland Trail
Blazers), John Salmons (Toronto Raptors) and
Cody Zeller (New Orleans Pelicans).
“I knew the players but I only found out on the
day that they would be the coaches,” he said.
“We played a game between everybody and
then the NBA players scouted us. Then you
got drafted into their teams and they helped
you along with pointers, things you do well.
“I met them and talked about the NBA and
what they do and it was really interesting to
see NBA players in person. I was a bit in awe
“They told me I could shoot well, dribbled
well, made great passes and was a good
playmaker for the team.”
After returning to Tasmania, Gabe received
an invite from Hobart-based Asia Pacific scout
Randy Livingston to attend the Adidas Nations
tournament at Long Beach City College in
With fellow Tasmanian Callum Barker, of
Hobart, also on the Australia/New Zealand
team, Gabe played against teams from
across the world in front of watching scouts
from the NBA.
“Each morning we had about an hour or so
training with them. They were telling you things
you could do, but they were also scouting you
“It was very intense, but a really good
Back at College, the 16-year-old is training
every day, including weight sessions at KFM.
He has just graced the LSBL grand final and
intends to keep playing with Burnie under-22s
and the state high performance team, under
coach Mark Radford, with upcoming trials for
the state under-18s.
At 191cm tall, with a standing leap of 70cm,
Gabe helped the College to win last year’s Year
9-10 state championships and credits person
in charge of basketball Ben Schimanski as a
massive help with his career.
“W inning that last year was really good and
everyone was really excited because it was the
first one we’d won in a while.”
With a hockey playing mum and footballing
dad, Gabe is focused on combining basketball
with his studies and lists NBA stars Steph
Curry, Reggie Miller and Australian Patty Mills
as his role models.
He hopes to follow a similar career path
as fellow Tasmanian Hugh Greenwood,
who broke into the Australian Boomers after
accepting a college scholarship in New
“You can do it from Tasmania if you do all
the hard work and put in,” Gabe said.
“I want to get to college in America, that’s
my main goal, and hopefully play well enough
over there to get recognised so I can play
professionally somewhere around the world
and make a living from it.
“I would also like to play NBL here and see
where I get to from that.”
A member of Dean House who is also
targeting the Australian under-19 basketball
team, Gabe is already attracting interest from
college scouts and said he would like nothing
better than to make a living out of basketball.
“I just love the rush you get when you’re
playing basketball, it just takes you over and
you’re in another world,” he said.
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