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Statement from the NBL: Tony Mitchell

The NBL’s Single Member Tribunal heard the charge against Tony Mitchell of the Cairns Taipans on Friday morning, with Tribunal Chairperson Tony Nolan QC issuing a full season suspension after the player was found guilty of Striking a... Read More

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Snakes slip in Game Two

The career of the great Mark Worthington is over and the CQUniversity Cairns Taipans have to wait another year for that... Read More

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SF2 Preview: Taipans @ Perth

via nbl.com.au When: 6.30pm, Monday 20 February Where: Perth Arena Broadcast: NBL TV; Fox Sports; Sky Sports NZ Cotton... Read More

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Wortho shooting for fairytale finish

If anything was learned from 2016, it is that fairy tales can come true and retiring great Mark Worthington sees no... Read More

Taipans tamed in Game One

The CQUniversity Cairns Taipans have fallen 91-69 in Game One of their Semi-Final Series against the Perth Wildcats at... Read More

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Cairns and Goliath

The CQUniversity Cairns Taipans have fallen 91-69 in Game One of their Semi-Final Series against the Perth Wildcats at... Read More

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  • DOB 22 January 1993 Hometown Huber Heights, Ohio Position Point guard Height 183cm High School Wayne (OH) College Michigan State Pro Career New York Knicks, NBA (2015); Westchester Knicks, D-League (2015-16).

    Travis Trice

    Point Guard

    #0

    Professional: Signed partially-guaranteed deal with the NBA’s New York Knicks in 2015 … assigned to the Knicks’ Westchester Knicks D-League affiliate for 2015-16… in 49 games for Westchester, he averaged 15.3 points and 5.7 assists… signed a one-year deal with the Taipans in August 2016.

    College: Attended Michigan State from 2011-2015… finished career with 1,135 points … tied for fifth in MSU career 3-pointers (202) … led his seventh-seeded Michigan State Spartans to the NCAA Final Four as a senior in 2015 … as a senior claimed East Region MVP honours and averaged 19.0 points and 4.2 assists… third Team All-Big Ten (2015) … Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2015)…

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  • DOB 22 October 1992 Hometown Chicago, Illinois Position Centre Height 211cm High School St. Ignatius College Prep College University of Illinois Hobbies Watching the Chicago Cubs

    Nnanna Egwu

    CENTRE

    #21

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  • DOB 10 October 1986 Hometown Bamaga Position Centre Height 209cm High School St Augustine's (Cairns) College Midland College (US)

    Nathan Jawai

    Centre

    #15

    Career: Trained with the Taipans Academy before joining the Taipans as a rookie in 2007… earned rookie of the year and All-Star Game MVP honours… named 2008 Taipans club MVP… Selected as the 41st pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers… traded to Toronto where he secured a two-year deal, becoming the first Indigenous Australian to play in the NBA… traded in 2009 to the Dallas Mavericks and then the Minnesota Timberwolves where he played 39 games – the highlight, a team-high 16-point and six-rebound outing against Portland… from 2010 represented powerhouse European clubs Parizan Belgrade (Serbria), UNICS Kazan (Russia), Barcelona (Spain), Galatasaray (Turkey) and MoraBanc Andorra (Spain)… won a championship last season with the Perth Wildcats, averaging 10.3 points at 54.9% and 4.1 rebounds in just 19 minutes per game.

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  • DOB 16/08/1989 Hometown Bunbury, WA Position Guard Height 196 College Concordia University Irvine Hobbies Fishing, AFL Player Sponsor Health Management

    Cam Gliddon (C)

    #3

    2015/16: averaged 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 28 games… led the Taipans from the three-point line at 38.9% (63-from-162) and 87.5% from the free throw line (63-from-72)… named club MVP for the second time … signed short term off-season contract to play with Polish club AZS Koszalin in Feb 2016.

    2014/15: Named captain of the Taipans at 25 … averaged 10.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists as the Taipans finished in first place with a club-record 21 wins … increased his output in the playoffs to 12.3 points and 6 rebounds, shooting 42 per cent from long range … re-signed for three seasons in March 2015 (2015/16 – 2017/18)…

    2013/14: Missed seven games early in the season (back) but returned to establish himself as the Snakes’ on-court leader … averaged 12.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game … shot the ball at an efficient 50.5% from the field and 36.9% from long range …  named Taipans club MVP, the youngest player to claim the honor since Nathan Jawai in 2008.

    Career: Awarded NBL’s Rookie of the Year for 2012/3 … averaged 7.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in his first professional season … Led the Taipans on the defensive end with 1.4 steals per game, ranking him third in the NBL … named Taipans Defensive Player of the Year in his rookie season … Recorded a career-high 26 points in a Taipans home win over the Perth Wildcats on 1 March 2013 … Played for Concordia University Irvine 2009-2012 … Golden State Athletic Conference Champion 2012 … Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year 2011-2012 … National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics D1 Champion 2012 … All-NAIA D1 All-Tournament MVP 2012 … All-NAIA D1 1st Team 2012 … Australian University National Team 2011 … Australian U19 National Team 06-07 … Twice named Western Australia Player of the Year.

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    28.76AVG MINS
    3.07AVG AS
    10.63AVG PTS
    3.03AVG REB
  • DOB 08/06/1983 Hometown Bunbury, WA Position Forward Height 203cm High School Australind Senior High School College Metro State University Pro Career Sydney 2006-2008, South Dragons 2009, Melbourne Tigers 2010, Gold Coast Blaze 2011-12, Melbourne 2014/15 Hobbies Going to the beach and watching AFL Player Sponsor Total Records Management

    Mark Worthington

    Forward

    #33

    2015/16: signed with the CQUni Cairns Taipans in July 2015.

    2014/15: named Melbourne United club MVP in 2015, averaging 12.6ppg and 7.2rpg, including 5 double-doubles.

    2013/14: Returned to the NBL after one-season absence and led the Melbourne Tigers to the semi-finals where he averaged 14.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.0apg for the season

    Career Highlights: Completed college at Metro State University in Denver between 2001-05 • NCAA Division II Player of the Year in 2005 • Began NBL career with Sydney Kings in 2005/06 season, playing 107 games in three years averaging 14.8ppg and 5.8rpg • NBL Rookie of the Year in 2006 • Joined South Dragons for 2008/09 season and won NBL Championship • Played with Melbourne Tigers 2009/10 and won club MVP • Won BBL Championship in Germany with Brose Baskets in 2010 • Played with Gold Coast Blaze in 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons, averaging 15.3ppg and 6.6rpg • Played in Serbia with Radnicki Kragujevac in 2012/13 season • Named to All-NBL First Team in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 • Represented Australian Boomers at 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, FIBA World Championships 2006 and 2010, and 2006 Commonwealth Games.

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    27.04AVG MINS
    3.29AVG AS
    9.61AVG PTS
    4.61AVG REB
  • DOB 28/02/1987 Hometown Mount Isa, QLD Position Forward Height 200cm College University of Utah Pro Career Perth 2008-11, Adelaide 2011-13, Cairns 2013-present Hobbies Fishing, sampler of antipasto platters Player Sponsor LJ Hooker Edge Hill

    Stephen Weigh

    Forward

    #13

    2015/16: signed a three-year deal in June 2015 to stay with the Taipans …

    2014/15: started all 32 games in 2014/15 season for the Taipans … averaged 8.1 points in 21 minutes per game as he shared court time with import three-man Torrey Craig … named round 2 player of the week with 14.5 points and 4 rebounds in wins over Melbourne United and Wollongong Hawks … sank 4-of-5 triples for 21 points in the Snakes 100-93 win over the Hawks on 27 Dec … scored a team-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting to lead the Taipans to a 2-0 semi-finals sweep over the Perth Wildcats …

    2013/14: averaged 8.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 22 minutes per game for the Snakes in 2013-14 … sunk 9-of-10 free throws on the way to 21 points against Perth on 30 Jan.

    Career: Signed with the Cairns Taipans in 2013 … averaged 10.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game with the Adelaide 36ers in 2012/13, ranking fifth in the league for three-point accuracy at 38.8% … Selected for the South All-Stars team in 2012 … Edged out Peter Crawford in the Three-Point Shootout during the 2012 All-Star Festival … played three seasons with the Perth Wildcats including as a starter on the 2009-10 championship-winning outfit … Attended the AIS under former 36ers coach Marty Clarke until 2006 … Played 40 games for the Utah Utes basketball team whilst at the University of Utah … Won prestigious Bob Staunton medal for Best Player at the National U20 Championship in 2005 whilst attending AIS.

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    14.03AVG MINS
    0.66AVG AS
    5.38AVG PTS
    2.1AVG REB
  • DOB 03/05/1983 Hometown Perth, WA Position Forward Height 206 College Old Dominion University Pro Career Aguas Gandia (Spain) 2006-07, Perth 2007-09, Ourense Baloncesto (Spain) 2009-10, Cairns 2010-present Hobbies Guitar, piano, video production, drawing, woodworking, family and kids Player Sponsor LJ Hooker Edge Hill

    Alex Loughton

    Forward

    #40

    2014/15: averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in his fifth season in Cairns … marked his 200th NBL game with 22 points and 9 rebounds in 22 Feb win over NZ Breakers to seal Taipans’ historic first-place finish … received 2015 Taipans Commitment to Community Award and Members’ Choice Award… named Taipans vice-captain for 2014/15 … ranks fifth in games played for the Taipans (142) all-time…

    2013/14: increased his scoring output to 12.3 points, second on Taipans squad behind Jamar Wilson … shot a career-high 84.9% from the free throw line… finished the season strongly with two consecutive double-doubles and a season-high 24 points in New Zealand on 21 Mar… presented with the 2014 Taipans Coaches’ Award… signed a two-year deal with the Taipans in April 2014…

    Career: only remaining member of the 2011 Taipans NBL grand finalists, averaging 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds that season … signed a three-year deal with the Cairns Taipans in 2010 following a season with Spanish club Ourense Baloncesto … Played for Old Dominion University (NCAA) 2002-2006 … 2009 Named in the Colonial Athletic Association Silver Anniversary Team for his time at Old Dominion University; Boomers squad selection … Played two seasons for the Perth Wildcats from 2007 – 2009 … Was runner-up to Nathan Jawai as Rookie of the Year in 2008 … Signed with Aguas Gandia (Spain) in 2006 … 2005 CAA Player of the Year and Tournament MVP; First team NABC All-District IV … 2004 Career best of 45 points and 15 rebounds for ODU against Charlotte … 2001 AIS Scholarship … Australian U20 team selection.

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    17.53AVG MINS
    1.23AVG AS
    6.62AVG PTS
    2.96AVG REB
  • Position Guard Height 191cm College Metropolitan State University of Denver Pro Career 2014/15: Palencia Baloncesto (Spain); 2015/16-- Cairns Taipans

    Mitch McCarron

    Guard

    #10

    2015/16: signed with the Cairns Taipans for two years in May 2016.

    2014/15: Worded out with the LA Lakers and Denver Nuggets before signing with Palencia Baloncesto in Spain… averaged 7.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and won the LEB Oro title in his first professional year.

    Career: Averaged 20.2 points, 6 rebounds and 4.23 assists in his senior year at Denver’s Metro State … named 2015 NCAA Division II player of the year … finished third in both scoring (16.3) and free throws made (416) in the school’s history… Represented Australia at the Under-19 World Championships in 2011 and at the 2015 World University Games in South Korea.

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  • DOB 11 July 1989 Position Guard Height 180cm Pro Career Sydney Kings 2010-2014; 2014/15 Team Ehingen Urspring (Germany: Pro A); 2015/16 Wollongong Hawks; 2016-- Cairns Taipans.

    Jarrad Weeks

    Guard

    #97

    2015/16: signed a two-year contract with the Cairns Taipans in April 2016.

    Career: Began NBL career as a development player with the Sydney Kings in 2011 … played managed 24 games over three seasons… joined Illawarra Hawks in 2015 on a four-week contract as an injury replacement for Rhys Martin, extending his stay when Tyson Demos was ruled out for the season… ranked third in the NBL shooting 42.6 per cent from the three-point line.

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  • DOB 21/05/1991 Hometown Townsville, QLD Position Guard Height 188cm High School Ignatius Park College College Southern Utah University Pro Career Cairns Taipans 2015-- Player Sponsor Brilliant Technologies

    Damon Heuir

    Guard

    #6

    2015-16: signed to a full-time roster spot after averaging 14.9 points, 3.1 assists and 5.5 rebounds across the QBL season for the Cairns Marlins.

    Previous: joined the Taipans as a development player for the 2014-15 season …  joined the QBL’s Mackay Meteors midway through the 2013 QBL season … posted back-to-back 18-point performances as his Meteors lost to Rockhampton in the QBL finals in August 2014.

    College/High school: Completed a four-year US college career at Southern Utah University… averaged 10.8 points, 3.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds in his senior year in 2011-12… originally from Townsville, North Queensland where he averaged 28 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists and three steals per game his senior year at Ignatius Park College… helped the Australian All-High School team to a fourth-place finish at the Pan-Pacific Games by averaging 20.1 points, 2.1 assist and 4.7 rebounds in the tournament.

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    6.47AVG MINS
    0.56AVG AS
    3AVG PTS
    1AVG REB
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    NBL 2016/17 Ladders

    Team P W L %
    Adelaide 36ers 28 17 11 103.07
    Cairns Taipans 28 15 13 100.17
    Perth Wildcats 28 15 13 101.64
    Illawarra Hawks 28 15 13 101.72
    New Zealand Breakers 28 14 14 98.58
    Melbourne United 28 13 15 100.6
    Sydney Kings 28 13 15 99.31
    Brisbane Bullets 28 10 18 94.82

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    Points Per Game

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    Cairns Taipans
    14.62
    Cameron Gliddon Cairns Taipans 10.63
    Nathan Jawai Cairns Taipans 10.10
    Mark Worthington Cairns Taipans 9.61
    Tony Mitchell Cairns Taipans 8.60

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    Assists Per Game

    TravisTrice
    Cairns Taipans
    3.46
    Mark Worthington Cairns Taipans 3.29
    Cameron Gliddon Cairns Taipans 3.07
    Jarrad Weeks Cairns Taipans 1.83
    Mitch McCarron Cairns Taipans 1.34

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    Rebounds Per Game

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    Cairns Taipans
    4.61
    Nathan Jawai Cairns Taipans 4.28
    Mitch McCarron Cairns Taipans 3.76
    Nnanna Egwu Cairns Taipans 3.67
    Fuquan Edwin Cairns Taipans 3.45

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    Steals Per Game

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    Cairns Taipans
    1.23
    Cameron Gliddon Cairns Taipans 1.20
    Fuquan Edwin Cairns Taipans 0.75
    Mark Worthington Cairns Taipans 0.68
    Jarrad Weeks Cairns Taipans 0.67

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