Two years ago
Next Step in Next Stars Program?
Think most of us like the Next Stars scheme but want it improved, somehow. There have been lots of suggestions, most of them wanting more candidates and a fairer way to distribute those candidates.
What if we (the NBL) intro'ed our own draft.
*We hold our draft some time after the NBA's draft.
Not sure at the timing but just consider the idea. Details can always be
*We invite any/all who did not get drafted to apply.
We may pick up some hidden stars here who may have something to prove "back
home". With the attention we now get from the US, these candidates may figure
they'll get seen and even reconsidered. There will also be some/plenty of
duds amongst these but they don't have to be drafted.
*We do a DiDi and invite draft-and-stash draftees.
Working well this year!
*We invite all Aussie US college students and home based hopefuls to apply.
*We apply a lower points scale to Aussies than to non-Aussies
ie. If a points system is in the system.
*Eliminate DP's (they can either be signed -by their current club or enter the draft) replace with increase in Next Stars numbers. Extend the roster up to 15 a team to allow for more Next Stars/draftees only (other rules, 3 imports, Melb or Syd must win, etc stay the same).
Put just a few candidates from each of the above "*" points above and you would have, say 15 to 30 applicants for our current 9, 10, 12-team comp into the next couple of years. Hopefully both continue to grow from then on.