Canberra young gun Darcy Malone hopes the experience playing college basketball in the United States will help him earn an NBL contract with Melbourne United.
The 22-year-old has joined Melbourne United on a tour of China to play two games against Chinese Basketball Association franchise Jiangsu in Nanjing.
Melbourne United cruised a to an unlikely 85-72 upset in their first game against the Chinese heavy weight on Wednesday night. The seven-foot centre logged 13 minutes in the victory, recording two points, three rebounds and one assist
However, face a rematch against the dragons on Friday who will look to get revenge.
Malone is one of two recruits hoping to impress the coaching staff on tour as he chases a roster spot for the 2017-18 NBL campaign.
On the back of three years playing college basketball with Louisiana state university, Malone was able to gain the greater maturity needed to become a better player.
"I gained maturity, on and off the court. I learnt to handle adversity and learn about what I need to do to improve myself," Malone said.
"It was a great experience, you get to see a whole new side of the world and experience new things through basketball that you wouldn't usually get the chance to do. I improved as a player and improved as a person".
It also gave him an opportunity to share a room with Ben Simmons, Australian superstar and last year's NBA No. 1 draft pick with the Philadelphia seventy sixers.
After graduating earlier this year, Malone was invited to take place among the Melbourne United touring squad.
Malone jumped at the opportunity to join Melbourne United and has loved being around the guys.
"I'm ecstatic about it. It's been a good trip so far, it's good to be around the guys and around a program like this, learning everything and learning more what it's like to be a professional, being competitive and working hard," Malone said.
The former Canberra Gunner has always been tipped for great things, having played for Australia at the FIBA under 17's world championships in 2012, claiming a silver medal.
Malone is an uncontracted player but while travelling with the NBL heavy weights, Malone looks take his chance and begin his professional career.
"I definitely want to keep working hard, keep pushing myself," Malone said.
"I haven't made some big decisions yet but I want people to observe me become better as a player and for now, we'll see where that leads."
The Canberra big man will next take the court in Nanjing on Friday night in his last opportunity to showcase himself as Melbourne United finish up their Chinese tour with another game against Jiangsu.