Gunners coach Shawn McEachin. Photo: Melissa Adams
Canberra Gunners coach Shawn McEachin is in talks with the Wollongong Hawks and Sydney Kings to become a feeder club for the NBL clubs for next year's SEABL.
The Gunners wrapped up their vastly improved 2014 season with a narrow 97-93 loss to the Knox Raiders at Belconnen on Saturday night, while the Canberra Capitals Academy went out on a high with a 75-61 victory over Knox.
While the Gunners finished second-last in the south division, they were just two wins away from playing finals. The Academy finished bottom of the south division.
McEachin was doubtful imports Matt Staff or Garlon Green would be back next year, given their impressive seasons could lead to bigger things. But he thought the Hawks and Kings could be a valuable source of players in the future. Especially with Jamie Mesman moving to Tasmania and skipper Jonathon Miller possibly retiring.
''Having come from Wollongong, I've got the links with the Hawks and [have] also been speaking with Damian Cotter, the coach of the Sydney Kings, given that we're the only SEABL program close to those two NBL teams. They've obviously got some development players they'd like to see playing some good basketball in the off-season, so there's the potential to get some of those players to have a run with us,'' McEachin said.
The Canberra Times believes Gunners guard Daniel Joyce is back on an NBL roster, with the Kings or Hawks his destination.