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BRUCE JOINS BRISBANE BULLETS

Point guard Shaun Bruce has opted to sign with the relaunched Brisbane Bullets franchise for the upcoming 2016/17 NBL season. Bruce has spent the last four seasons with the Cairns Taipans, originally joining as a development player in 2013. He... Read More

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CAIRNS TAIPANS ANNOUNCE THREE MORE YEARS WITH CQUNIVERSITY

The Cairns Taipans are pleased to announce an extension of their partnership with CQUniversity, that will see the... Read More

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Taipans Triumphant – SUBWAY SYTYCP

The CQUniversity Cairns Taipans have extended their run in the SUBWAY “So You Think You Can Play?” Challenge with a... Read More

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CAIRNS TAIPANS RECRUIT AGENT 97

The Cairns Taipans are excited to announce athletic point guard Jarrad Weeks as their first new player signing for the... Read More

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Countdown to Commonwealth Games

Minister for the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe met with the Cairns Taipans today ahead of the Gold Coast 2018... Read More

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CRAIG NOT RETURNING TO CAIRNS

THE CQUniversity Cairns Taipans are ready for a constructive off-season, with news that import forward Torrey Craig... Read More

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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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    Season Average

    33.59AVG MINS
    2.32AVG AS
    13.5AVG PTS
    4.25AVG REB
  • 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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    Season Average

    4.36AVG MINS
    0.19AVG AS
    1.43AVG PTS
    0.67AVG REB
  • DOB 21/02/1991 Hometown Accokeek, Maryland Position Guard Height 188cm High School Georgetown Prep College Georgetown Pro Career 2014–2015 FMC Ferentino (Italy); 2015-- Cairns Taipans Player Sponsor David McCoy Homes

    Markel Starks

    Guard

    #5

    Professional career: Named 2015 NBL Blitz co-MVP alongside Melbourne United’s Steven Holt, becoming the first player outside the tournament’s winning team to earn the honour … Signed with the Cairns Taipans in August 2015 … played for FMC Ferentino in his debut professional season in Italy’s Serie A2 Gold Basket, averaging 13 points, 4.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds over 26 regular season games…. played with Detroit Pistons and the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014 NBA Summer League.

    College: Started all 33 games for the Hoyas during his senior year… averaged 17.3 points, 4.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds in that earned him first-team All-Big East and second-team NABC Division I All-District 5 honours… earned third team honors as a junior… 44th player in Hoyas history to pass the 1,000 point mark… ranks 26th all-time in scoring in Georgetown history.

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    24.57AVG MINS
    2.35AVG AS
    12.46AVG PTS
    2.15AVG REB
  • DOB 19/12/1990 Hometown Columbia, South Carolina Position Forward Height 198cm High School Great Falls High School College University of South Carolina Upstate Hobbies Watching movies Player Sponsor Telstra Business Centre

    Torrey Craig

    Forward

    #2

    2014/15: Averaged 8.9 points and a team-high 5.7 rebounds in just 19 minutes per game as the Taipans’ sixth man …  Named R9 NBL Player of the Week after posting 19 points and ten rebounds in under 25 minutes in a win over the Adelaide 36ers … made his first 6 baskets in his professional debut vs Adelaide 36ers, finishing with 19 points and 7 rebounds (10/10/14) in a Taipans win… registered a season-high 28 points vs Adelaide 36ers on 19/12/14… signed with Wellington Saints for 2015 NZ NBL season… re-signed with Cairns Taipans on 7 August 2015 on one-year deal.

    College: Signed with the Cairns Taipans to a one-year deal in August 2014 … USC Upstate’s career leader in rebounds (944) and second-ranked scorer (2,128 points) … Ranked amongst the best players in the Atlantic Sun Conference, posting senior figures of 16.7 points (2nd) and 7.0 rebounds (4th) … second player in conference history to lead the league in scoring in back-to-back seasons … earned all-conference first team selection and Lou Henson All-America Team honours in 2014 …

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    25.11AVG MINS
    1AVG AS
    11.57AVG PTS
    6.07AVG 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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    27.69AVG MINS
    2.61AVG AS
    11.29AVG PTS
    4.79AVG 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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    20.21AVG MINS
    0.95AVG AS
    7.85AVG PTS
    3.15AVG REB
  • DOB 13/01/1991 Hometown Horsham, VIC Position Guard Height 190cm High School Horsham College College CQUniversity Hobbies Play Station, spending time with family and friends, golf Player Sponsor CQUniversity

    Shaun Bruce

    #7

    2014/15: Enjoyed increase from 6 to 14mpg in his second professional season as backup to star Scottie Wilbekin … averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 assists … ranked first in the NBL for assists to turnover ratio (2.71) in 2014-15 … established himself as a threat from longrange, shooting 36.4% (16-of-44 triples) … scored a career-high 12 points on 31 Dec 14 vs Adelaide 36ers… registered a career-high 8 assists and 0 turnovers on 13 Feb 2015 vs Melbourne United to become the first Taipans with at least 8 assists and 0 turnovers in a game since Ian Crosswhite vs Crocs in 2012.

    2013/14: During 2014 off-season led the Cairns Marlins to a QBL quarter-finals appearance… named to 2014 QBL State Championship Men’s All League Team… averaged 17.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game … erupted for 39 points including 9-of-12 three-pointers against Ipswich on 17 May… Graduated from development player to full time roster spot for the 2013/14 season … played 21 games in his first professional season.

    Career: Signed as a Development Player for the Taipans 2013/13 season … Scored 7pts, 3rbs, 1ast & 1st, in 14mins vs the Hawks … Played for the SEABL’s Ballarat Holden Miners during the off-season … Member of the 2012/13 CQUniversity Taipans Academy … Won the inaugural Aron Baynes Award for Most Outstanding Athlete … Represented Victoria Country from 2005-2008 … Won a National Championship with the Victorian under 20’s team in 2010 … Awarded the SEABL Golden Hands Award and the Brian Goorjian Miners Coach’s Award in 2011.

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    21.43AVG MINS
    1.93AVG AS
    5.93AVG PTS
    2.04AVG REB
  • DOB 25/11/1982 Hometown Perth, WA Position Center Height 211.5cm High School Christ Church Grammar School College Curtin University Pro Career Perth 2000-06, South Dragons 2006-09, Adelaide 2009-10, Melbourne 2010-13, Cairns 20103-present Hobbies Poker / AFL Player Sponsor Respax

    Matt Burston

    #22

    2014/15: received Taipans club Coaches’ Award  for 2014/15 … started all 28 regular season games and all finals games for the Snakes in 14/15 … led the Taipans with 53.9% shooting from the field … added 7.0 points to go with 5.2 rebounds per game … posted a 16-point, 15-rebound double-double vs Townsville Crocs on 11 Jan 2015 … his 21 points on 17 Jan 2015 vs Sydney Kings was his biggest total in four years …

    2013/14: saw increased court time in 2014 after injury to Cameron Tragardh, posting 6.8 points (52.9%) and leading the Taipans with 5.8 rebounds per game … named 2014 Taipans Defensive Player of the Year … signed with the Taipans for another two years in 2014.

    Career: Signed with the Taipans on a one-year deal in 2013 … Won the 2013 Emir Cup in Qatar with the Al Rayyan … Helped the South Dragons to a championship in 2009 … Part of the 2009 Boomers squad … NBL Champion with South Dragons … Played 13 games for the South Dragons in 2007 before injury ended his season … Underwent major surgery on his right ankle in 2005 but managed to score 35 points vs. Crocs in one of his last games … Won the Robert Staunton Medal for being the most outstanding player at the U20 National Championships … Named WA State League Rookie of the Year in 2000 … Awarded NBL’s Most Improved Player Award in 2003.

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    18.37AVG MINS
    1.44AVG AS
    5.52AVG PTS
    5.56AVG REB
  • DOB 29/09/1983 Hometown Brisbane, QLD Position Forward Height 206.5cm High School John Paul College College Oral Roberts University Pro Career Townsville, Brisbane, Wollongong, Melbourne, Cairns Hobbies Golf, hanging out with my dogs

    Cam Tragardh

    #11

    2014/15: named the NBL’s Best Sixth Man for 2015 … averaged 12.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22 minutes per game … posted 22 points and 13 rebounds in 30 Nov win over Crocs … registered a season-high 23 points in win over Sydney Kings on 8 Feb.

    2013/14: Tragardh was among the Taipans’ best until a ankle injury on New Year’s Eve 2013 sidelined the forward for the rest of the season … until that point had averaged 13.3 points at an efficient 55.6% … won the club’s Commitment to Community Award and Members’ Choice Award for 2013-14.

    Career: was the Snakes’ second-leading scorer in 2012-13 with 11.1 points per game … also posted a six-year high with 6.4 reboudns per game … in 2012 joined the Taipans on a three-year deal from the Melbourne Tigers, where he was captain for the 2011/12 season … Named to the All-NBL Second Team in 2011/12 … Won the NBL Player of the Month award for December 2011 and Round 13 NBL Player of the Week in 2011/12 … Toured internationally with the Australian Boomers in 2011 … Has averaged double-figure scoring for the past five straight seasons … In 2010/11 averaged 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 22 games … Signed with Melbourne in 2010 after three seasons in Wollongong … Averaged 14.7 points per game and a career-high 5.4 rebounds in season 2009/10 … Helped the Wollongong Hawks to the NBL Grand Final series in 2010 where they were runners-up to Perth … Scored a career high 35 points against the Breakers in February 2011 … Also posted 30 points against the Taipans in October 2007 … Also cleaned up a career best 14 rebounds in that match … Won NBL’s Most Improved Player award in 2008 … Increased his scoring from 3.5 points in his first 84 games to averaging 17.6 ppg in 2008 … … Played for Oral Roberts University in NCAA Division 1 in 2002 and 2003 … Led the ABA nationally in scoring in 2002 with 34 points per game.

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    Season Average

    15.1AVG MINS
    1.04AVG AS
    7.88AVG PTS
    2.5AVG 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 editing/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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    21.31AVG MINS
    1.36AVG AS
    6.75AVG PTS
    3.79AVG REB
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    NBL 2015/16 Ladders

    Team P W L %
    Melbourne United 28 18 10 101.79
    Perth Wildcats* 28 18 10 105.52
    Illawarra Hawks 28 17 11 106.07
    New Zealand Breakers 28 16 12 103.29
    Adelaide 36ers 28 14 14 99.80
    Cairns Taipans 28 12 16 95.07
    Townsville Crocodiles 28 11 17 95.02
    Sydney Kings 28 6 22 94.04
    * 2015/2016 Season Champions

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    Points Per Game

    JeromeRandle
    Adelaide 36ers
    23.00
    Josh Childress Sydney Kings 21.00
    Kirk Penney Illawarra Hawks 20.37
    Corey Webster New Zealand Breakers 19.57
    Kevin Lisch Illawarra Hawks 19.37

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    Assists Per Game

    CedricJackson
    New Zealand Breakers
    6.27
    Jerome Randle Adelaide 36ers 5.17
    Rhys Martin Illawarra Hawks 4.17
    Adam Gibson Adelaide 36ers 4.11
    Stephen Holt Melbourne United 3.67

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    Rebounds Per Game

    DanielJohnson
    Adelaide 36ers
    9.29
    Omar Samhan Townsville Crocodiles 8.92
    Andrew Ogilvy Illawarra Hawks 8.55
    Matthew Knight Perth Wildcats 7.88
    Josh Childress Sydney Kings 7.85

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    Steals Per Game

    DamianMartin
    Perth Wildcats
    1.79
    Kevin Lisch Illawarra Hawks 1.78
    Andrew Ogilvy Illawarra Hawks 1.52
    Cedric Jackson New Zealand Breakers 1.30
    Casey Prather Perth Wildcats 1.19

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