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South Sudanese-Aussies getting noticed on US college basketball courts

South Sudanese basketball players in Blacktown

With frames sometimes climbing toward 200 centimetres and even beyond, Sudanese-Australians have long been renowned for the talent they bring to basketball. But it is beyond Australia's borders where they are landing now, with a basketball program in Sydney's western suburbs becoming a major recruiting ground for American colleges. Dozens of the Sudanese-Australian players have earned basketball scholarships to high schools and universities in the United States. Some have also dropped out along the way. Hashela Kumarawansa looks at the story.

The Blacktown Police Citizens Youth Club, or PCY is particularly known for the swarms of South Sudanese-Australians who use the centre to refine their skills in basketball.

 

The club is now in the midst of a major transformation, from a centre for recreational basketball to a program becoming a recruiting ground for top basketball prospects.

 

Calling themselves the Savannah Pride, many of the Sudanese-Australian basketball players are making the jump from playing the sport as a hobby to making careers out of it.

 

 

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